5 Common Causes of Flooded Basements
Whether you use it for storage or additional living space, your basement is worth protecting against heavy rains and faulty plumbing. If it floods, your basement could be subject to extensive water damage and become a breeding ground for dangerous mold. But with a little foresight, you can take steps to prevent this problem from happening. Providing water restoration services throughout Cumberland County, SERVPRO® of Cumberland County highlights a few common causes of flooded basements that homeowners should watch out for.
5 Reasons You May End Up With a Flooded Basement
- Sump Pump Failure
All basements should be equipped with a functioning sump pump. When water pools in the basement’s sump basin, these pumps push it out. When the pump isn’t working, the water will only continue to grow. Since sump pumps only have an average lifespan of six years, it’s best to inspect your equipment every year and repair or replace it when necessary.
- Leaking Pipes
If you don’t spend a lot of time in your basement, it can be easy to miss a plumbing leak. While small leaks may only cause minimal water damage, they can get worse over time. To defend against these problems, inspect your plumbing about once a year and keep an eye out for signs of leaks—such as unusually high water bills. You should also use insulation to protect exposed pipes from freezing and bursting.
- Drainage Problems
If your home was built in a bad location or you have clogged gutters, it’s possible that storms could cause water to rush toward the basement. If you have drainage issues, consider hiring a contractor to grade your landscape to change the direction of water flow. Additionally, make sure that gutters are always clean and that drain spouts are positioned far away enough from the foundation of the home.
- Sewer Backup
When sewage backs up into the basement, it not only presents water and mold risks, but may also introduce harmful bacteria. While some backups may be out of your control, you can minimize the danger by resolving clogged pipes immediately—and taking steps to avoid clogs in the first place.
- Improper Sealing
If the walls of your basement are not sealed correctly, you may notice continually damp areas—and experience an increased risk of flooding. Fortunately, there are several products out there that can waterproof these spaces, including concrete sealers, densifiers, waterproof paint, and specialized tiles.
If you’re faced with a flooded basement, acting fast could save you from a great deal of costly damage. That’s why SERVPRO of Cumberland County offers round-the-clock emergency restoration services.
When floods strike, we will dispatch knowledgeable crews to your home to remove water, dry wet areas, and repair structural damage. We also offer comprehensive mold remediation to minimize health risks. To request water damage services for your property, call the experts at 856-692-0041.