Basements are one of the most commonly flooded areas of a home, but there are things you can do to prevent basement flooding, or at least to minimize your losses if it’s already too late.
Wherever the water may come from, here’s what you need to know about flooded basements in Dallas and what you can do about it.
Common Causes of Water Damage in the Basement
There are numerous ways your basement can flood, and a common cause is floodwaters entering the home either through a crack or opening in the foundation, or from upper levels of the home. The water will travel to the lowest level of the home, often resulting in flooded basements. A plumbing issue can also result in a flooded basement, whether it is a broken pipe, leaking water heater or washing machine, or sewage backflow.
What To Look For:
- Cracks in foundation
- Cracks near top of home
- Plumbing issues
- Broken or frozen pipes
- Leaking appliances
How to Prevent Basement Flooding
Whether or not you have had problems with water damage in your basement in the past, you should take steps to actively prevent water damage from occurring. One way to do this is to ensure your gutters are working and your downspouts direct water away from the foundation of your home. Water should never pool in the areas near your foundation, but should naturally drain away from the home.
Installing a sump pump in your basement can prevent extensive flooding, as it will work to pump water from your basement and remove it from the home before it becomes a bigger problem. If you have a sump pump, make sure to inspect it a few times a year to ensure it is working properly.
My Basement is Flooded, Now What?
Even with all the prevention in the world, basement flooding would still be a problem.
By design, basements are prone to flooding, and it will still happen, even to the best of us. But taking the right steps after the flooding occurs can make the difference between a little water and a major water loss.
Any standing water needs to be removed as soon as possible to prevent mold growth from occurring. The excess moisture and increased humidity levels create the perfect environment for mold growth, and proper extraction and drying are key components for preventing mold. If the water is the result of flooding or a sewage backflow, a professional water damage company should always perform cleanup due to the probability of harmful contaminants in the water.
During the restoration process, you may want to consider taking additional measures to prevent flooding in the future. If you don’t have a sump pump, now would be the time to install one. You can ask us about other steps you can take.
Flooded Basement Cleanup in Dallas & How We Can Help
Regent Restoration provides professional water damage cleanup and restoration for flooded basements in Dallas and the surrounding communities. We have the training, experience and equipment necessary to quickly extract excess or standing water, dry the entire area, and restore your home back to pre-loss condition after your basement floods. Contact us today.
For Additional Information:
- Drying Out A Wet Basement: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,220912,00.html
- How To Drain A Flooded Basement: http://homerepair.about.com/od/interiorhomerepair/ss/flooded_bsmt.htm
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