Why do Basements Flood When it Rains?
Basement flooding can occur at any time - for multiple reasons. One of the most common, however, is rain. During periods of heavy rainfall, several inches are falling in a short time. Gravity takes over and the water has one place to go; further down. Because our basements are below the ground level, they are extremely susceptible to flooding. Groundwater, plumbing, and sewers are all located underground as well. When these reach higher than average levels during rainfall, it's even more likely that basement flooding will occur. Other common causes of basement flooding are:
- Leaks in your plumbing system
- Damaged, cracked, or broken pipes
- Toilet clogs and backups
- Moisture trapped under floors or in walls
- Cracks in your foundation
- Leaky appliances or outdoor access points
How Basement Flooding Can Damage Your Home
It may seem like a little bit of water at the time, but it may be causing more damage
- Water damage is the most obvious problem that comes with basement flooding. Basement flooding can result in thousands of dollars in damage repair.
- Mold and mildew. Water damage can quickly lead to mold or mildew in your home or belongings. Not only do they grow and spread at a rapid rate, they can cause breathing problems and worsen asthma throughout your home.
- Structural damage. Did you know that water damage can harm your foundation? Moisture can leak into cracks and make them bigger - putting your home at risk.
How Flatley's Can Help You Prevent Costly Water Damage
- Sump Pumps are the best way to combat water damage from basement flooding in your home. A sump pump is responsible for removing groundwater accumulation under your home and can usually be found in your basement or crawlspace. After one is installed, excess water is directed into the sump pump basin. After the basin fills with water, the pump pushes the collected water away from your home. For installation, maintenance, and repairs, give us a call.
- Flooding restoration is a specialty here at Flatley's. Because flooding can be an emergency, it’s important to act as quickly as possible. Within minutes, excess water can find its way into the nooks and crannies of your basement and property. This includes rugs, foundation cracks, and under finished floors. If the water is left to sit, mold will be able to grow. With each passing minute, your home becomes more at risk. Call us as soon as you see water - we've got you covered!
Don't let your basement flood, call Flatley's Plumbing Express today!