Three Causes of Basement Flooding
One of the most frustrating and potentially very expensive problems a homeowner can encounter is basement flooding. It can be difficult to know how to prevent basement flooding if you aren’t sure where the source of the problem is. Here are three of the most common causes of basement flooding to look out for.
To start, plumbing problems are probably the most obvious causes of flooding. They can come in the form of a frozen pipe that bursts, or leak in your water heater and even your washing machine hose. However the leak might start, prevention is key in avoiding a disaster. Fortunately, the right professional makes it easy to check and keep up with plumbing maintenance, whether that is replacing worn out joints and O-rings or spouts. If you think you might have a plumbing problem it’s best to get it inspected as soon as possible.
Since your basement is closely related to the foundation of your home, often when there’s a problem in one area it can carry over to the other. Improper grading, poor insulation, and water accumulation at your foundation can all lead to moisture getting into your basement over time. And once a little water gets in, then over time it can create cracks and cause them to spread and expand, which could not only lead to flooding but also structural problems. Make sure to call a professional if you notice any cracks or discoloration in your foundation.
Many people do not realize that their basement windows could be a weak spot for flooding. If you have clogged gutters or a downspout that fails to redirect the water away from your house, then chances are that water will start to pool at your window because it is a low point near your basement. And if your window is already leaky, then the added water pressure will only encourage it to let that water in. The best things you can do in this situation is to make sure that your window wells are properly covered and that your basement windows are study, sealed, and insulated. In some cases, you might want to consider having your windows replaced.
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