Cove Joint Seepage

Water is leaking through the crack between the basement floor and wall!

cove joint seepage

This is known as cove joint seepage, and it can occur in basements that have insufficient drainage systems.

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What is the Cove Joint?

The cove joint is the place where the floor meets the wall. Sometimes water can seep through and cause issues in basements that are not set up properly to handle water coming up from underneath the basement’s floor.

What Causes Cove Joint Water Seepage?

The soil surrounding your foundation has moisture levels that can go up and down. When those levels fill the soil, the water rises up and enters into your basement.

Heavy rainfall – Large amounts of precipitation can cause water to build up around and underneath your basement floor. When the water becomes too much for the ground to handle, it seeps upward through the cove joint in your basement because it has nowhere else to go.

Hydrostatic pressure – Water can build up and rise underneath your basement floor which allows water to seep through the cove joint. This is commonly known as hydrostatic pressure. Water will find the path of least resistance, and oftentimes that is through the crack between your basement floor and wall.

Consequences of Cove Joint Seepage

If you are reading this, there is a good chance you have already noticed water leaking into your basement through a crack between your floor and wall. If you are facing an issue now, there is a good chance the issue will persist in the future if action is not taken.

Basement flooding – It may seem obvious, but standing water can occur if there is large amounts of water coming through the cove joint. A heavy rainfall can happen, leaving the ground and soil surrounding your home filled with water. When that water has nowhere else to go, it will find its way into your home and possibly cause flooding.

Mold – Mold can accumulate in your basement in areas with excessive moisture. It can be found on the floor, walls, and most any other materials in your basement. The more water that seeps through your cove joint, the better chance mold has to set up shop and grow rapidly in your basement.

Damage to home property – Continuous cove joint seepage could also leave your basement damp and could cause damage to any furniture or items you have sitting around in your basement. It may be difficult to detect if there is not any standing water, but items in your basement can still take a beating from the dampness caused by the leakage. If your basement is finished, it is especially important to fix the issue before damage occurs to your finished floor or walls.

Stains on floor or walls – With continuous water coming through your cove joint, stains can occur and leave nasty marks on your floor coverings.

Rots wooden structures – Wooden materials like floor joists, support beams that support your home are at risk of rotting if moisture gets into them. This leaves your home’s integrity at risk and also allows for unwanted pests to get in through the holes.

How Do You Waterproof a Cove Joint?

Each case of cove joint leakage is different and can call for a unique solution. However, the fix generally has to do with your basement’s waterproofing system. Your basement needs to be able to take the water that is built up and drain it away from your house. That could be a drain tile system, a baseboard system, a foundation piering system if there are foundation issues, or another solution.

Baseboard system – The baseboard waterproofing system is a method that channels water from the walls or holes that are drilled through cement blocks to a sump pump. This solution can be great because it is not as intrusive as other drainage methods. It is also very versatile in that it can be installed in most any basement, regardless of how it was constructed. It also has a clean look to it.

Drain tile system – The drain tile system is a powerful waterproofing method that channels water away from your home and prevents water from building up and exiting through your cove joint. There are different drain tile systems for different circumstances, so it’s best to consult with a professional before installing one in your home.

Sump pump – The sump is a valuable part of the drainage system, as it takes any water in your basement and pumps it out away from your home. Sump pumps can fail due to installation, machine and lifespan errors, so it’s a smart idea to have your sump pump properly installed by a professional to make sure it’s done right.

Can I Fix the Cove Joint by Sealing It?

Sealing the cove joint in your basement may be a short term fix, but it will not always work in the long term and could cause even further damage to your basement in the future. Once you seal the cove joint, the water will find another way to enter into your home, either through cracks in the basement floor or it will work its way through the sealant. This depends on the amount of hydrostatic pressure that is pushing the water up.

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Basement Water Controlled is a family-owned business and team that consists of highly experienced and trained professionals. If you have a cove joint seepage issue, the BWC team has most likely seen it and fixed it before. The team has over 45 combined years of experience and is only one call away from coming in to give you and your basement an estimate. 

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My Basement Leaks When It Rains! What Should I Do?

If your basement leaks when it rains, you still have time to fix it before it gets worse.

The first step in fixing the leakage problem is pinpointing where exactly the issue is coming from.

Below you will find the most common causes of basement leaks when it rains as well as what you need to do to get them fixed.

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Symptoms You May Face After It Rains

Damp floor – Damp floors are a common symptom that homeowners notice after it rains.

Wet carpet – A wet basement carpet after it rains generally means there is an issue underneath that is causing water to come through the basement floor or between the floor and wall.

Standing water – Obviously, if you have standing water after it rains, it means there is an issue that needs to be taken care of beneath the surface.

Mold accumulation – Mold can grow in your basement in less than a week after it floods. Be sure to check the walls and floors as well as around pipes and sinks.

Where Does Water Come In Through?

Walls – Water can come through basement walls after it rains because the soil that is surrounding the walls applies pressure on the wall, and water eventually makes it way into the basement. The grading of the ground surrounding your basement could also be the perpetrator if it slants towards your house as opposed to slanting downwards so that the water runs off away from the house. Your walls may also have cracks in them. This can be caused by a poor foundation which causes the walls to move, and in return, crack and allow water to seep through.

Floor – If your floor is damp, leaking, or has standing water after it rains, there could be a multitude of issues that are causing these issues. One issue that you could be facing is an unsound foundation. When the foundation is not secure, movements can cause cracks in the floor, which leads to water coming through, especially after rainy days or seasons. If you have a drainage system that is backed up or clogged, this could also lead to water coming through your basement floors. Rain will fill the soil around the house, and when it has nowhere to go but into the house, that is where it will end up.

Cove joint – Your cove joint is the place where your basement floor meets the wall. After it rains, water can seep through the cove joint through hydrostatic pressure. Water builds up and rises underneath the basement, and it has nowhere else to go but through the cove joint. As tempting as it may be to seal the area, it probably will not fix the problem, and the issue will arise again in the future once the water makes its way to another part of your basement. The most common cause of the rise in water is an underperforming drainage system.

Solutions to Fix Basement Leakage When It Rains

Install or repair a drainage system – The recommended solution to wet basements is a proper drainage system. This can be a drain tile system, which is a common and powerful system that is designed to catch water before it makes its way into your home. It relieves the hydrostatic water pressure, and keeps the water out of your living space. The baseboard system is also a brilliant system that takes care of smaller leakage issues, and it does not require any breaking or replacement of your concrete floors.

Foundation repair – If foundation failure is the culprit in your leaky basement issue, it’s a good idea to stabilize it before the foundation becomes less secure. Foundation failure is commonly caused by poor landscaping and gutter systems, and the solution is a piering and stabilization system.

Sump pump installation – Sump pumps collect water through a barrel and then remove the water, so it doesn’t leak into your basement. If your sump pump is damaged, clogged, or not working, it may need to be replaced and reinstalled.

Can It Get Worse If I Don’t Take Action?

Unfortunately, yes, the issue can compound if action is not taken now. Depending on the problem you face, cracks in your floor or walls can increase in size. Your foundation can continue to become less secure. The more it moves, the better chance water will have to seep into the basement. 

Drainage systems will not fix themselves, and generally don’t get better over time. The water may leave your home after some time, but the flooding could come back once another hard rainfall hits.

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