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How Basement Flooding Happens and How to Prevent It

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Preparing for storms and floods is the best way to minimize damage when they do occur.

Have you secured your basement to prepare for flooding? Flooding is one of the most natural and common disasters that happen all over the world. If you feel that you’re basement isn’t as secure as it should be, then don’t worry.

From causes to solutions, here is everything that you need to know about basement floods!

Understanding how floods start will also help in understanding how we should prepare our basement and our house in case it ever happens again. There are a lot of reasons why floods occur. Flash floods that happen due to the sudden rise in water levels and arrives without warning.

Groundwater flood is caused by long periods of rain and the ground becomes too saturated with water that it cannot absorb any more of it. Thus accumulating water above the grounds surface resulting into a flood.

You can’t avoid the seasons changing, you can’t control the weather, as well as the plumbing problems that it can create to your house. It doesn’t take heavy downpours for your home to flood and it may very well start from your basement. 

Most Common Causes of Basement Floods

Incorrect Installation of Drainage System – leaks can be a result of a damaged drainage system. And if left unchecked can be the main cause of your basement flooding.

Poor floor and wall sealing – considering that the basement floors and tiles are not sealed properly during construction, water can seep through. If left unattended in the event of a huge downpour it may even lead to breaking the basements foundation.

Debris left in the gutters – the gutter fixed beneath the roof or the Eavestroughs, which they are commonly called can overflow with debris and in turn overflow with rainwater and may directly pour beside your basement causing leaks to form.

Window Wells – leaking can also occur in the basement window during heavy rains and water starts to accumulate outside the window, creating enough pressure that may even let water break through the window glass.

Water Supply Line Failure – Pipelines may break due to aging, incorrect installation, or even freezing over cold weather ultimately cracking and breaking it creating another passageway for water inside your basement.
Before you and your house become victims of flooding, you can already prepare by ensuring that your basement is waterproof! Here are the ways you can build up your basement foundation and prevent that nasty rainwater from seeping inside.

Prevent Basement Flooding

Build a strong foundation – if you have the option of providing the materials to build the foundation of your basement then might as well pick those than can withstand the force of water from going inside.

Some of these materials used are:

  • Rubber membrane – ideal for waterproofing basements and also eco – friendly. Containing no toxic substances and cannot do any harm to your property.
  • Bentonite – it has the ability to absorb a significant amount of water before sealing it in once it is filled.
  • Cement – one of the most popular among the waterproofing methods due to its availability and cheap price.
  • Tar – can also be applied to the exterior surface of your basement to create a waterproof barrier making water unable to pass through.

Waterproofing primer or paint products – whether your house is built with concrete or wood or even metal, waterproof paints are the way to go. Providing not only aesthetic visuals in your basement but also prevents and closes up any further minor cracks that can be seen on the walls.

Inspect water and sewer lines – be certain to check occasionally for any root intrusions or blockages that will inhibit the passage of water.

Seal all exterior openings – make sure that all basement window wells, vents and any other exteriors openings are sealed and shut tightly.
Crack injections – this can only be used with foundations built in by concrete where there are some areas of your wall that is seeping water. Inject polyurethane materials into a crack, it may be of important note that this is only a temporary fix and not a permanent solution for it.

Clean your gutters – going back to Eavestroughs. Check every once in a while if it’s getting clogged up by debris and remove it as soon as possible. This can also help in preventing overflowing water to enter the basement.

Hire a basement waterproofing specialist – of course if all else fails or if you just don’t have the time to waterproof your basement, Pro Restoration is the leader in basement waterproofing throughout the Triad area.

Call 336-252-2205 or text 336-692-6444 now to request your inspection and no-obligation service estimate!