I developed a small leak in my basement where the floor meets the wall, it started as the snow began to melt. What options do I have to fix it? The dark area is dirt that was brought in with the water.
Always start from outside and work your way in. Check the easy and obvious first - unclog gutters and downspouts, make sure downspout water is directed away from the house and check near house grading to ensure that water runs away from the house rather than pooling up against the foundation.
Since you have had recent snows, this could be a simple, random thing. If you had snow pile up against the house and then melt, this could be the source of your leak. No reason to do much if this rarely happens. A French drain near the house could keep this from happening in the future.
A couple other things it can be is mulch piled up against the foundation.
Flower beds forming ponds.
Lack of foundation sealing on the outside.
No drain tiles.
No sump pump.
Thanks for the replies. I have a sump pump and mulch is not an issue. I live in a condo assoc. so I never paid much attention to drainage, not like when I live in a house. I'm a big fan of french drains, I installed two at my last place and they worked great. I think I'll have to run my downspout out further from the house but that means going under a sidewalk - a lot more work but worth it.
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