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Hydrostatic Pressure - What You Need to Know
Water always finds a way. The Grand Canyon was formed by the never ending flow of water over a long period of time. The result is a beautiful, majestic site that millions of people visit every year. However, water flowing into your basement is a different story. Now add some pressure actually pushing the water into your basement and you have a recipe for disaster. Water is the enemy of your new home. Let’s talk about what hydrostatic pressure is and how you can beat it to protect your home!
WHAT IS HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE?Hydrostatic pressure refers to a water pressure and is a major cause of basement water problems. At its simplest, hydrostatic pressure is the pressure created by standing or resting (“static”) water (“hydro”). Remember the story of the little Dutch boy that saves his town by placing his finger in the leaky dyke? That is a great example of hydrostatic pressure. The resting water found a hole and then, because of the weight behind it, found its way into the dry side of the dyke attempting to flood his town. That same relentless pressure can impact your concrete walls and floors too.
Water weighs about 62.5 lbs. per cubic foot. If the ... more

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