Basement Flooding

Atex Water Damage RestorationThere is almost nothing worse than coming home after a large storm, or even after just a little bit of rain, only to find out that you have water in your basement. The first thing you’ll need to do is remove the water as quickly as possible. If it’s more than you can do yourself you need to hire a water damage restoration contractor to come and do the water cleanup and dry everything out. This is a problem that occurs in many homes in all different locales, and it occurs for different reasons as well. So many homeowners compound the damage by failing to get the water out right away. This almost always allows mold to take a foothold and grow adding the expense of a mold clean up. It’s best to try and avoid basement flooding. There are a few ways you can try to ensure that your basement stays dry and your belongings are not ruined.

Find The Leak

The first thing you need to do is to determine the reason that you are getting water in your basement in the first place and where it is coming from. If you can pinpoint the location of the water leak, it will be easier to correct the problem and you won’t have a flooding problem again in the future. For example, if you find any cracks near a window or door, or in a foundation, you can seal them up to stop the intrusion by the water .

Seal The Foundation

Your whole foundation, on the other hand, may need to be sealed with a waterproof sealer that will provide a barrier keep the water staying where it belongs – outside. This is a rather messy job, but something you can handle yourself, and the good news is that it only needs to be done once in order to be effective.

Keeps Your Gutters Clean

Another way to protect your basement from damaging water is to inspect your guttering system. This consists of the gutters and downspouts that run along the roofline of your home and down the side of your home and are intended to funnel extra water off the roof and away from the foundation of the house. If these get clogged or are broken in any location, too much water winds up running down the side of your house, which can cause major problems with flooding in your basement.