If you live in and around the St. Louis area, it’s likely you have a basement in your home. While basements are great as man caves, recreational rooms, extra bedrooms or simply for added storage, their very underground nature makes them susceptible to water leaks and flooding.
If you’ve ever had your basement flood, you know it can cause devastating damage and destruction. There can be several reasons why flooding or leaks occur, many of which can be remedied to prevent future flooding issues.
Sump Pump Failure
If you have a sump pump installed in your basement, it can definitely help to prevent flooding and the effects of excess water. However, if the pump breaks or fails to function properly, it will cause the water to back up and flood the basement. You can also install a second back-up sump pump to kick in if the primary pump fails. For extra insurance a battery backup pump is an option in the event of a power outage. Test your pumps regularly to make sure the check valve is functioning to prevent failure.
There are several areas that could be causing your basement to flood.
- Grade sloping. The ground surrounding your home should slope away from the home. As the home settles throughout the years, the ground could shift and slope more toward the home, which could cause water to flow that way. You may need to re-grade or modify landscaping to correct the situation.
- Patios or driveways. Sometimes a patio is constructed incorrectly where the surrounding ground is higher than the patio foundation. The same issue could be with a driveway sloping toward the home, not away from it.
- Gutters and downspouts. If your gutters or downspouts are clogged, water is not flowing through them. Instead of pushing the water away from the home’s foundation, the water is dripping directly from the roof and settling next to the home’s foundation.
- If you live in a neighborhood where the homes are closer together, your next-door neighbor may have their downspouts directing water onto your property.
Basements contain major water pipes where much of the water in the home flows. If there is a burst or leaking pipe, which could cause major flooding to occur. You’ll need to find the source of the leak and repair it to avoid further damage.
Sewer backup can be caused by either overflowing sewers outside your home, or by a blockage in the sewer lines leading to your home. The overflowing sewers is a problem for the city and fortunately, happens very rarely. The sewer line blockage can be caused by flushing items down the toilet that will clog the lines or possibly roots growing into the lines. Also, if you have a septic tank that isn’t pumped on a regular basis, it can cause a backup leading to basement flooding.
Any cracks in the basement foundation can cause water to seep through. It’s important to get these cracks fixed and sealed to avoid them becoming larger and more expensive to repair.
If you have windows in your basement, you need to make sure they are in good repair to avoid water leaks. Sealing around the frames and windowsill and replacing any cracked or faulty windows can easily resolve these issues.
Basement Flooding Needs Immediate Attention
Following these preventive measures can go a long way in preventing basement flooding and the damage and health risks that come with it. But if you do experience basement flooding, call St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration for help in cleanup and minimizing further devastation.
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