How The Water Table Can Flood Your Basement

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 by Patrick Rori

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As the Midwest is leaving the freezing and harsh winter that we experience every year, spring is on its way.  Luckily spring brings warmer weather, but it also brings more precipitation.  This increased precipitation can have issues when paired with homes that don’t have the best waterproofing protection. 

One major factor for this increased flooding is known as the water table.  The water table is basically the ground below us that is saturated with water.  The level of water table (high or low), changes on several factors such as precipitation, temperature, humidity, and location.  Spring season brings both increased temperatures, humidity, and precipitation…making the water table rise and cause implications for our basements and crawlspaces.  As for Michigan and other areas located around many lakes, the large amounts of available water allow the water table to rise high above basements…putting pressure on a basements waterproofing system.  Some areas also just naturally have higher water tables; in this case it is crucial to have the proper waterproofing protection in place to prevent flooding. 

This force on the basement is caused by hydrostatic pressure.  Hydrostatic pressure causes water to always want to travel to lower pressure areas; when the ground is fully saturated, lower pressure could mean into your basement.  The pressure pushes the water through any crack or opening in your basement or crawlspace, whether its through a tiny crack or a gap in a window, water will find a way.  Therefore, protection from flooding is important for the spring season with such high precipitation.

If you, or someone you know is having issues with flooding after rainfall, here at Ayers Basement Systems we specialize in making sure no water enters your home by using the most effective techniques in the industry. 

Call today or visit for a free estimate.


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