Flooded Basement Blues
The good news today for homeowners with basements is that
98% of all basements will suffer some form of water damage. Now that I have made your heart sing, the
good news is that most of it is avoidable.
Basements are water targets simply due to the fact that they
are low lying areas and water runs downhill.
You do the math. And water can
cause significant damage if left untreated, so it is important to begin flooded
basement cleanup right away
Now a fully waterproof basement isn’t likely, but you can
take steps to minimize the problem, namely inspecting your basement on a
regular basis and correcting small problems before they become big
problems. Look for cracks in the
foundation walls that could let water in.
Repair any broken windows or window seals, as well as leaky pipes. Inspect drains, gutters, and downspouts for
clogs or obstructions; make sure the water is going where it is supposed to.
Likewise for your landscape.
Land surrounding a basement should always slope away from the home for
proper drainage. Make sure no landscape
or yard work has altered that slope; you do not want it to send water cascading
toward your house.
You can also install a sump pump or sump pit in your basement
to catch and rain off excess water before it has a chance to accumulate and
become a nuisance.
If you need to clean a flooded basement and feel in over
your head, contact your local water damage repair company. They offer a full range of water restoration
services, and are available 24/7 to serve your needs.
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