Every year, storms cause immeasurable amounts of damage to basements around the country. Flooding is among the most costly type of damage for homeowners. Fortunately, there are many ways to protect your home’s basement from flooding during a storm. Extensive preventive maintenance is the best way to do so. You can manage some of the simpler projects yourself, while a competent contractor can assist you with the more complicated ones.
MAINTENANCE IS KEY TO PREVENTION
Before you look down, look up! The first project to protect your basement is to clean your gutters annually. Remove the debris such as leaves, dirt and sticks. The gutters’ downspouts should be inspected for any leaks. If you find any, repair or replace the downspout as soon as possible. It may seem counterintuitive, but many basement leaks start when clogged gutters and downspouts cause water to back up and find another path to reach the ground.
Foundation and window leaks are another potential cause of basement flooding. Cracks in the building’s foundation allow water to enter a basement during a storm. If your basement has windows, the wood frames around the panes can rot. Rotting lets water leak in and contributes to basement flooding. You need to inspect your basement and repair any cracks you find as soon as possible; a professional inspector can show you leaks that you would have missed.
Sewers are yet another source of basement flooding. Poor connections in the piping cause “backups,” that in turn can flood a basement during a storm. Contact your city to determine who is responsible for a home’s sewage repair; if you are responsible, hire a contractor to manage this task. If the city is responsible, contact the appropriate department so they can expedite the repair.
HEALTH RISKS FROM BASEMENT FLOODING
Flooded basements are a health risk. If your basement has already flooded, you want to start repairs and cleaning immediately. A professional contractor can help with this. If you take part in the clean-up, be sure to follow some rules to prevent exposure to dangerous bacteria:
-Keep children away from the area.
-Wash all surfaces with hot water and liquid detergent.
-Open windows to allow fresh air to flow through.
-Remove and discard contaminated drywall and insulation.
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Do not underestimate the seriousness of water damage to your basement or potential health risks to you and your family. The water damage experts at J&M Keystone are thoroughly trained and experienced in responding to flood, water and sewer damage issues. Our prompt response and proven damage-control techniques will help you beat basement flooding damage. Give us a call today.
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