A number of factors can cause a basement to flood. A heavy rainstorm or hurricane is the most common reason. Pipe leaks inside the house or freezing pipes that crack and burst can cause water damage as well. Leaks from appliances, such as a clothes washer, can also be a culprit. Sewer backups into the basement can be the worst of all. No matter how it happens, water in your basement can cause significant damage and cleanup expense.

If you find water in your basement, it’s important to determine the source of the water and how much damage it is causing. For example, if water seeps into the wall insulation, drywall, studs or carpets, the dampness can not only damage the materials, but it can lead to mold contamination as well. Even a small amount of water can cause thousands in damages.

Here are several preventative measures can help keep your basement water-free. These tips will help prevent the most common causes of basement floods from occurring.

Waterproof: Many basements walls have cracks that can allow water and moisture to seep in. Waterproof coating applied to the basement walls will help keep water from passing through due to hydrostatic pressure. Any cracks should first be filled in, followed by a waterproof coating that should be applied as directed. Two waterproofing coats is generally recommended.

Fix your pipes: Even the drip from a slow pipe leak can cause water damage over time. Examine your basement floor drainage to make sure it is working properly. If necessary, a sump pump should be installed to remove excess water. Select a pump that best meets your requirements, and check it regularly to make sure that it’s properly working. Don’t wait for a flood to find out that it’s broken!

Clean your gutters: Your gutters should be clear and should be designed to drain the water far from your home. Water should not be allowed to collect anywhere near your home’s foundation.

Severe basement water damage can cause structural issues such as bowed walls. Fixing the problem and shoring up the walls will require professional help.

If your home does flood or sustain significant water damage, a professional water removal service will help get the water out and properly dry the area out. Lingering water and moisture can lead to mold growth – which brings about an entirely different set of problems.

Keep in mind that not all insurance policies will cover flooding incidents. Even if the damage does not appear to be large, take pictures and video the damage. You’ll be glad you did if you end up turning it over to your insurance company.

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