Dry Conditions Can Lead to Wet Basements

Friday, June 12th, 2020 by Ben Bates

Dry Conditions can lead to leaky basementsA good, hard rain can be a welcomed relief after a period of dry weather – a common occurrence here in southwestern Ontario. However, rain after prolonged dry conditions can make a basement more susceptible to leaking.


Much like attempting to soak up a spill with a dry sponge, the parched ground doesn’t immediately absorb the rain. This phenomenon is known as “surface tension”. The water will travel down the path of least resistance, which after a drought may be where the ground has contracted and pulled away from the foundation of a home.

The water sitting near the foundation can increase pressure and penetrate into the basement.

What can be done to prevent water damage after a period of dry weather?

Water the area along your foundation walls to prevent the ground from contracting and pulling away from the foundation.

Be sure your eavestroughs are flowing freely, and your downspouts are draining well away from your basement walls.

Ensure that the ground surrounding your foundation is graded properly.

Likely your sump pump hasn’t been activated in a while during a dry stretch, so be sure to check its functioning regularly.

Also keep in mind, that if you’ve seen water in your basement once, there’s a very good chance you’ll see it again. Consider investing in a waterproofing system to protect your home - permanently. Please reach out to us if you’d like a complimentary, no-obligation quote. 1-844-320-1542

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Ben Bates

Ben Bates lives in the Chatham-Kent area and has been involved in the basement, crawl space and foundation industry since 2008. He has a passion for improving homes the right way and knows what it takes to waterproof, encapsulate or stabilize homes in Ontario. He assists with over 900 projects per year.

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