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Question DetailsAsked on 7/27/2017

Basement waterproof leak

We have a split level home and during heavy rains water seeps into our guest room but the walls and windows are dry

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Here are some links to similar questions with answers - mostly relating to window or roof leaks migrating down through walls, or due to water buildup against slab-on-grade foundations overtopping the foundation.

Since you evidetnly chose Basement Waterproofing as the category for the question, sounds like leaking cracks in the foundation walls (maybe showing up only at the bottom of the foundation) or leakage through the slab perimeter crack or through cracks in the slab may be the problem. If you have an underdrain system under the slab and a properly working sump pump which is not running continuously, the former is a lot more likely the cause.

For issues about basement (below-grade) leaks see the Home > Basement Waterproofing link below Browse Projects, at lower left. Commonly surrounding ground sloping toward the foundation or roof runoff concentrating at the foundation is the cause of basement dampness/wetness issues that occur only during heavy snowmelt events or significiant rainfall - walk around outside when it is raining hard or late in a prolonged rain and look for ponding near the house for basement foundation wall/slab issues, or ponding/splashing against the house or foundation for that or overtopping of the foundation edge.

Commonly, assuming you cannot see where the water is getting in, itmeans a bit of digging into the drywall right above where it is showing up on the floor or initially shows up in the carpeting - or using a thermal infrared camera to "see" where the wetness in the walls is while it is very wet.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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