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How Does Water Get Into My Basement?

How Does Water Get Into My Basement?
How Does Water Get Into My Basement?

You take a step downstairs and find yourself staring at unwanted water in your basement. You are aware that anytime there’s water in your basement you should be concerned. The problem is you don’t know where the water is coming from or why this is happening. 

Why Is There Water in My Basement? Three Ways Water Might Have Gotten In:

  1. Over the top seepage
  2. Through the foundation seepage
  3. Under the floor seepage

Over the Top Seepage:

Over the top seepage means water is coming over the top of the wall. What you may be seeing is water dripping down the wall, a puddle of water, stains, or mold. All of these could be happening due to dirt, soil, or even concrete around the home being too high. The city code for Lincoln, Nebraska is that there should be at least six inches from the high portion of your dirt or concrete to the top of your foundation wall.

How Does Water Get Into My Basement

Learn more about: Causes of Water Seepage

Through the Foundation Seepage:

Through the foundation seepage means water is coming in and through the wall. It may be from cracks in the wall, a leaning or bowing foundation wall, or even a pipe penetration from an electrical or plumbing line. The water can enter many different ways depending on the type of foundation such as:

  • Poured concrete
  • CMU Block
  • Limestone
  • Clay tile
  • Stone- Rubble
How Does Water Get Into My Basement

Under the Floor Seepage:

Under the floor seepage can come from a high water table, or as some may call it, hydrostatic pressure. The water is coming up from the floor due to water finding least resistance. If there’s cracks in the floor or a cove joint, which is the joint between the floor and wall, water is going to find it.

How Does Water Get Into My Basement

Want a Permanent Solution?

Epp Foundation Repair is here to have your wet basement fixed permanently! The Epp Foundation Repair Interior Drainage System is a permanent solution for your home’s wet basement. The Epp System is an interior basement waterproofing system that is installed under your floor and around the perimeter of your basement in the affected areas. The water is then directed through the system to the Epp Foundation Repair exclusive Sump Pump System for discharge. The advantages of the Sealed Drainage System include:

  • Collects water at the lowest point of the basement
  • Allows for lateral drain-tile to be installed if needed
  • Floor can be poured back to original thickness
  • Time proven method
  • Allows more gravel to be installed to provide better drainage
  • lifetime transferable limited warranty
  • Collects water from leaking walls
  • System can be sealed to prevent excess radon

Now that you have determined where and why water is getting into your basement from either over the top seepage, through the foundation seepage, or under the floor seepage call Epp Foundation Repair to have your basement problem fixed!

Since 1994, we’ve helped clients in Lincoln, Omaha, Kearney, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa and parts of Northeastern Kansas with foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, and concrete leveling for their homes.


Dave Epp

Dave is the President at Epp Foundation Repair with over 27 years of experience in the industry. Dave has worked on thousands of foundation, basement, concrete, and crawl space repair projects since 1993. Dave is involved in several civic and church organizations and enjoys coaching youth sports, mainly football, golfing, and elk hunting.



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