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What is Hydrostatic Pressure?

Have you ever wondered exactly what is making your basement walls crack and bow? If you live in Nebraska and have water in your basement, there is a good chance that this is due to hydrostatic pressure, but what exactly does that mean?

Hydrostatic pressure is the force the water in the soil exerts onto your foundation. Since concrete is a porous material, once the hydrostatic pressure in the soil becomes too great it can cause water leakage into your basement. If the hydrostatic pressure becomes too high, it can start to crack and bow your foundation walls.

Since hydrostatic pressure is a result of groundwater pushing against your foundation, the pressure on your walls ebbs and flows with the seasons. The problem could get worse during rainy months as the soil becomes over saturated, and get better during dry months when there is little to no groundwater applying pressure to your foundation.

Unfortunately, there is no way to fully stop hydrostatic pressure as it is a force of nature, but there are ways to minimize its effects. You can address the superficial issues by waterproofing and sealing your basement or installing a sump pump. Either of these options would be viable if there are no glaring issues with foundation cracks or you live in an arid climate. If there are serious structural issues with your foundation or you live in a wet climate or an area with clay soil, there are solutions. Call us today to set up your free, no obligation estimate.