In the winter months, the ground can take longer to dry out, leading to basement flooding problems. To make matters worse, frozen pipes during winter months can make pipes burst–flooding your basement and causing a host of health and structural issues if not dealt with quickly.
Fortunately, basement flooding is largely preventable if you take the proper steps to prevent it.
Gutters and Downspouts
The goal of gutters is to drain water away from your house, but if your gutters are blocked or if the downspouts do not extend away from the foundation, then you are possibly doing serious damage to your foundation and even causing water intrusion in your basement.
Keep your gutters clear of debris and make sure you extend your downspouts at least 3 feet away from the foundation.
Sometimes water seepage into your basement is unavoidable, so a sump pump is required to make sure the water is quickly pumped out. Like your gutters, however, your sump pump is useless if it is blocked with debris. You’ll also want to make sure that the power source is located in an area above where water may gather to prevent it from shorting out.
Foundation cracks are common causes of basement flooding. Regularly inspect the exterior foundation as well as the walls and floor of your basement for cracks. use epoxy to fill in cracks and apply masonry sealers to prevent water intrusion.
Basement windows with broken seals can be a cause of basement flooding. Make sure your window seals are in good shape to reduce or eliminate water leakage into your basement.
Even better, consider window well covers. These will help you keep rain away from your basement windows while also protecting from leaves and pests.
What Happens If Your Basement Floods?
Basement flooding can cause a number of issues, including structural and health problems. Over time, mold and mildew growth can occur, creating unhealthy conditions in your home, especially for people with breathing disorders like asthma.
Moisture can also degrade the building materials in your home, causing the foundation to weaken or the floors to sag or rot. Over time, this can cause tens of thousands of dollars to your home.
Water Damage Restoration From Action Restoration
If you have experienced water damage at your home or business in the U.S. Gulf Coast region from basement flooding, contact Action Restoration today! We will provide you with a comprehensive assessment of the damage that has been done to your property and an estimate of the cost and amount of time it will take to repair. We will assist you with your insurance claims to ensure that everything is filed correctly so that your repairs can begin as quickly as possible.
Contact us today by filling out a contact form or calling at 800-760-9081 today to get started!