The accumulation of excess water in a home’s basement is a hassle to clean up. Not only is the flooding a time-consuming mess, but it is also an expensive one to clean.
Minor basement flooding of a few inches of water may cost a homeowner $10,000 or more to fix. A major basement flood could cost a homeowner $25,000 to $50,000 for water damage restoration.
Basements flood for numerous reasons. Properties situated along the bottom of a sloped lawn will likely flood regularly.
Excessive rains in a short period of time will push through basement waterproofing systems, leaking water through foundation cracks.
Sewer backups caused by clogs in the sewer line are also common causes of basement flooding. Failed sump pumps, too, make basement flooding a stark reality.
Fortunately, homeowners can take steps to prevent basement flooding:
1. Sloped Lawns
A home built along the bottom of a sloped terrain will likely undergo a series of flooding, due to the fact that the property is constructed along an area that fails to allow proper drainage.
Prevent the pooling of water around the home by considering regrading the lawn. Landscapers are ideally suited to perform the labor-intensive job of re-sloping the yard.
Alternately, homeowners may elect to install a French drain. Despite the fancy term, a French drain is simply a ditch dug along the home’s perimeter. The ditch features a pipe that directs water away from the home’s foundation and toward a municipal storm drain. French drains may feature a pleasing aesthetic appearance once lined with decorative gravel.
2. Blocked Gutters
A torrential rainstorm will pummel water onto the roof of a home. Gutters obstructed with dead leaves, twigs, and other natural debris will prevent the rainwater from draining and force the moisture into the home’s siding and basement.
Prevent water damage by cleaning the gutters twice annually, once in the spring and once in the fall. Inspect the downspouts for proper drainage and make sure the downspouts route the water away from the home’s foundation. Homeowners may elect to hire a professional to clean the gutters, especially if climbing high onto ladders poses as a safety risk.
3. Cracked Foundations
Water from the outside can leak into the home’s interior through cracks in the foundation. Foundation problems may be identified by the following indicators:
- Doors start to jam or no longer latch.
- Once-functional windows fail to close completely or begin to stick.
- Cracks become evident along floors or walls, especially above windows or doors, where ceilings adjoin the walls.
While a few, minor hairline cracks in the foundation are common and unworthy of alarm, homeowners should grab a caulking gun at the first sign of more significant cracks.
Prevent water leaks via cracks in the foundation by regularly inspecting the basement, especially along walls and floors. Visible cracks may be repaired using polyurethane or latex concrete caulk. Cracks may also be filled with hydraulic cement.
4. Sump Pump Failure
An operational sump pump is one of the best defenses against basement flooding. However, sump pumps may fail due to being overloaded or by simply not being plugged in.
Maintain the home’s sump pump through frequent testing. When a major storm is expected, be sure the sump pump is plugged in and 100 percent functional. Invest in a battery-powered back up sump pump, or consider installing a generator to keep the sump pump running in the event of a power outage.
5. Leaky Windows
Basement windows that feature wooden frames have the potential to rot. Deteriorated wood allows the natural elements, like rain, into the greater indoors, contributing to basement flooding.
Install new vinyl or aluminum windows, which protect against an infiltration of moisture and thwart rainwater from seeping into the basement.
Experts also recommend positioning clear acrylic window well covers along below-grade windows.
6. Clogged Sewer Systems
Sewer backups can occur when municipal sewers are inundated with excessive rainwater, pushing the excess water into low lying areas, such as the basement. Huge flows of sewage water can push through toilets, sinks and bathtubs. The result is a toxic, contaminated mess.
A sewer backup prevention system can be installed to prevent such hazardous catastrophes. Professional waterproofing contractors or licensed plumbers are skilled in installing check valves that automatically close in the event of overloaded sewer lines and prevent polluted water from overflowing into the basement.
Sewer inspections also are a necessary part of home maintenance. Homeowners who are responsible for the sewers can hire a contractor to perform the cleanings and inspections. In instances where sewers are maintained by the city, homeowners may opt to contact the local municipality to request inspections and cleanings.
Work with a Local Restoration Contractor
When water invades the basement, the consequences are significant. Water damage, including destruction of possessions and structural damage, is a likely outcome. Mold growth can erupt within 24 hours of an unaddressed water damage scenario. Target Restoration is prepared to tackle the undesirable effects of water damage.
As a reputed name in flood damage restoration, Target Restoration understands the urgency of water damage. Our skilled technicians arrive onsite within 30 minutes of your emergency call.
Expert services are provided immediately to hinder the rapid spread of water damage. Included in our reliable services are emergency water extraction, water mitigation, dehumidification and moisture control and thermal imaging.
In addition to water damage remediation, team members assist homeowners with the complex task of filing insurance claims.
Our Target Restoration team adheres to strict standards set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Each water damage restoration specialist is licensed and insured to provide customers with maximum peace of mind. The stringent safety, environmental and health requirements of water damage restoration are continuously fulfilled.
Homeowners who experience the devastation of a flooded basement can reliably turn to the flood damage restoration professionals at Target Restoration. Knowledgeable technicians will evaluate your property and offer suitable restoration or replacement options.
Target Restoration Services dependably serves the Texas residential and business communities of Waco, Houston, Temple, Belton and Killeen. Give us a call at (877) 741-9026.