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Water damage in the basement – What to do?

water damage in the basement

What to do About Water damage in the basement

Water damage in the basement is something no one wants to come home to, We’re here for you!

Based on a study done by insurance companies, almost all homes experience water infiltrations in the basement at some point.

Water in the basement can cause a lot of damage to your home.

This problem promotes mold growth and damage your walls or flooring.

It can also damage your other belongings and compromise the structural integrity of your house too.

But it’s not all that bad. Call our team for help with everything.

Overflowing gutters is a common cause of water in the basement

Throughout the year, leaves, twigs and other types of debris can accumulate in your roof gutters and clogging them.

When heavy rain season comes the water cannot flow properly and the gutters start overflowing.

The overflowing rain water can then enter your basement through the foundation or tiny cracks in the walls.

Especially pay attention to this if there’s a storm coming.

Water Damage in the basement and leaking pipes

This is yet another common cause of water damage in your basement.

Unfortunately, you cannot regularly maintain this like you can with the gutters.

But you can check from time to time if there are signs of burst or leaky pipes.

Once you found the source of the problem you’ll need to stop the flooding to prevent a mold infestation.

Do this so that there’s no future risk of water damage in the basement of your home.

Backed-up sewage

Of course, the reason for clogging won’t be leaves or twigs.

Most likely hair from the shower, food bits from the kitchen sink etc.

If the clogging happens somewhere near your basement, the wastewater will start backing up.

Ultimately it may flow in the other direction, flooding the basement.

While this can be bad news, it’s much better than destruction caused by criminal damage.

Do this to minimize the risk of health problems caused by wastewater.

Excessive groundwater

Groundwater can also lead to water damage in the basement.

Heavy rain can cause the groundwater level to rise and the drainage can’t handle it.

This automatically leads to overflowing and potentially fungus infestations.

Then it will begin flooding your basement with water through the foundation and walls.

We recommend that you install a curtain drain in addition to your drainage system.

What do to when there’s water damage in the basement?

The first and most important thing you need to do is to turn the power off.

Then unplug any electrical appliances you have in your home.

Water and electricity don’t go together.

Your top priority should be important documents, valuable items and electronics.

Items and belongings that you cannot salvage, you should throw them out.

Once you removed everything you can, you need to remove the water from the basement and dry the area.

This can be a long and tedious process if you’re doing it on your own.

So instead, you should contact a professional water damage restoration service.

Our team has the necessary tools, knowledge and skills to make this process quicker and safer.

If you are already dealing with a water infiltration, contact our team with ASAP Restoration today!