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Downers Grove Foundations – How Hydrostatic Pressure Can Cause Problems

A village in DuPage County, Illinois, Downers Grove has been voted number 8 in Forbes’ list of America’s Friendliest Towns, and number 5 in CNN’s Best Places for a Healthy Retirement list.

However, there are some things that can threaten the pleasant nature of the town, one of which being hydrostatic pressure.

Hydrostatic pressure, in layman’s terms, is the pressure that soil can exert when it absorbs moisture and swells up. While naturally occurring, this can cause problems to many homes’ foundations.

When water is pushed through the soil, it can cause cracks and fissures in your basement’s floors, causing floods that can erode and eat away at your foundation, thereby weakening it.

While some basement water issues are caused by the climate, there are times when hydrostatic pressure plays a huge part. When waterproofing your basement, don’t just prepare for water brought about by the weather; account for the water that might leach through the floor or cove joint via hydrostatic pressure, as well.

If you need help in keeping hydrostatic pressure from ruining your home’s foundation, call Perma-Seal today. Perma-Seal offers free estimates by its certified foundation consultants to ensure your home is protected in all fronts, not just from the weather.