It’s a nightmare that some homeowners don’t even want to consider: Basement flooding. There can be several reasons for a basement flood. From excessive rain to damaged foundations. Water flows downhill to the lowest areas it can settle. It can get through the tiniest cracks and crevices. If you have an older home, you are especially susceptible to a basement flood.

Most basements are made of either poured concrete or stacked concrete slabs. The foundation may have even been coated with some sort of waterproofing. But over time, your foundations will shift and settle. This could cause small fissures. These provide the perfect cracks for water to slip through. Basement windows are also culprits of water infiltrations. If you suspect you may be at risk of your basement flooding. You can hire a foundation contractor to perform an inspection.

If you do find out that you’re at risk. There are measures you can take to help prevent a flood. Fix the flashing or sealant around windows and vents. Hire a professional if your find cracks in the concrete. Hire a plumber if it’s a plumbing fixture. Also, make sure that your gutters are draining properly and not over saturating the soil around your home. This could also contribute to a flood situation.

Even with all the precautions, a flood may occur. First and foremost, make sure you turn off all electricity to the area before you attempt to wade through any standing water. You’ll want to use buckets and a wet vacuum to suck up any standing water. So you may want to call in a professional flood cleanup crew to help you clean and restore anything that was damaged. Replace carpeting.

Floods are definitely a fool me once situation. If you do experience a flood, you’ll want to take the necessary steps to ensure it will not happen again. Repeated floods can expose your home to mold and mildew. Furthermore, they can lower the value of your property. Hire the necessary professionals to make any repairs needed to avoid flooding in the future.

Brad Jordan

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