What You Need to Know about Basement Flooding

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The basement is sometimes the most ignored room in the house. However, there are times in which to may become cold as a result of flooding. There is no doubt that basements will experience leaks once in a while. Basement flooding is common in many houses. It is important to fix such problems in due, time because they may lead to a number of health problems. Repairing these leaks on time will also help to maintain the value of your home. The good news is that there are ways in which you can stop these leakages. First of all let’s look at some of the causes of leaks in walls or floors.

Reasons why wall/floors may leak

  • Hydrostatic pressure: This is one of the reasons that may lead to leakages in your basement. The leakage will increase as a result of the increase in water pressure. The soil on your basement will become saturated when the weather is wet. This pressure will result into a crack.
  • Drainage breakdown: clogs around your house can lead to a leakage. This is because there is no water that will be drained. This will make the water to build up and thus push the water to your basement.
  • Back up valves- You may not have a backup valve, or it may need to be cleaned.

 Ways to diagnose

You may not necessarily see water standing on the floor, and yet still have basement flooding. To determine if you have basement flooding look for the following:

  • Mold on your floor: this is a clear indication that there moisture is getting into your basement
  • Peeling paint: when you experience this on the walls, you will know that there is a leak. The paint will start to peel slowly.
  • Your floors or walls may feel wet or look discolored from being wet.

Ways to fix

There are several ways in which you can fix basement problems, depending on the cause. These include:

  • French drains: these drains will capture the water in the lawn before it has leaked through the walls.
  • Change slope of your lawn- You can dig outside your making the water run away from the basement rather than toward it. It may cost you but it is definitely worth it.
  • Extend your downspouts- if your gutters downspouts are too close to your home, the water that drains off the top of your house will collect in your basement. If this happens, you need to install spout extensions to carry the water further from the home.
  • Check our backup valve- If you don’t already have one, you need to install a backup valve in your basement. If you have one already you may need to clean it out and make sure the flap is free to close when needed

Everyone knows that basement flooding is very frustrating, and there is no reason that you have to settle with less than having your entire home in usable condition. With some basic maintenance and a few steps you can prevent the flooding of your basement.

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