How to Prevent and Handle a Flooded Basement

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Have you ever come home and found your basement and the contents floating away? If so you know all about how water can damage your belongings and most importantly all about water damage recovery. There are many different reasons basements flood. Your job as a homeowner is to prevent water from getting in your cellar in the first location. Prevention is the key to prevent water damage. 

The most likely reason your cellar becomes flooded is due to natural causes. Rain, snowmelt, and flooding can all lead to rain coming to your basement. To prevent this by becoming the source of your troubles add an extra sump pump. It will cost much less than having to have water damage restoration done in your cellar. It is essential that you track the water flow away from the residence. This is especially true once you live near or on a river or lake. If you are aware that heavy rain is coming and that your home is prone to flood another way to assist is by adding sandbags into the foundation of the home. This is really only in particular cases that you understand the rain and floods are coming. This is not uncommon with homes that are near inland rivers and lakes in the spring season when snow is melting and the rains are heavy.

Another reason basements flood is due to the way the land around your house does not allow for penetration of the rainwater. If the ground has a high water table amount around your home the floor is easily flooded. This causes the extra water to remain on the top of the yard that could easily cause the water to flow towards the house and flood the basement. If this is the case for your home it is best to dig pathways from your home to relieve the gathering of water in your basement.

Another reason the puddles happen in the yard around your home that could result in a flood in your cellar is by having an uneven yard. The very best method to handle this is to make sure that any low-lying areas are away from your home. It’s likewise very important to slope any areas around your home away from the foundation.

Gutters and downspouts are still an essential part of directing rainwater away from the bottom of your home. In order for them to continue to work correctly, you will have to keep them clean and free of debris. It is necessary that in the winter you maintain the gutters free of ice damns allowing for water to freely move from the home instead of building up creating an area that could float. Foundation cracks should be full and gutters cleaned every six months to prevent and fix minor damage. Water seal paint can be found at most local stores and it’s advisable to use it to seal the concrete cubes around the foundation.

Water damage restoration is more costly and time intensive. If water does get into your cellar valuables and precious family heirlooms can be ruined.

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