Water running in over the very top of the wall

This type of a problem generally means that something is wrong on outside of the house. The first things homeowners should look at are their gutters and downspouts. They should clear their gutters of leaves, branches, ice and snow. Then make sure that their downspouts are not leaking, plugged or missing sections. Downspouts should end at least six feet from house and direct water downgrade or to a permeable surface. This brings us to grading, it’s extremely important for the soil around the foundation to slope away from the house. Otherwise the water is flowing towards your house and putting high levels of pressure on the foundation. When this happens it’s only a matter of time before water works its way in. In the winter months it’s important not to pile the snow up against your house, because when it melts it can sometimes come in over the wall.