Preventing Basement Flooding
If your home is damaged due to basement flooding, you can always call on the experts at LaPointe Construction Board Up Service. For over 50 years, we have been helping Massachusetts home and business owners with their property restoration needs. We have the skills and equipment to make sure your fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, or mold remediation project is handled efficiently.
What Makes Your Basement Flood?
There are several reasons for basement flooding. The best way to prevent flooding depends on the causes.
- Clogged Pipes
- Cracked or Burst Pipes
- Overflowing Waterways
- Blocked Catch Basin or Drainage Path
- Cracked Foundation
- Open or Damaged Windows
- Blocked Gutters
If you understand and address these issues, you can go a long way in reducing your risks of basement flooding.
The biggest culprit in clogged pipes is people putting things in there that they shouldn’t. Bathroom drains are often clogged by masses of hair. In kitchens, fats and oils cool in the pipes and coagulate into a solid mass.
Cracked or Burst Pipes
Here in Massachusetts, there is plenty of cold weather in the winter time. Homes that are going to be vacant during cold weather, such as vacation homes or if you are going to be travelling, should be winterized before closing them for the season. Even if you’re remaining in the house make sure you use insulated outdoor faucet covers and take other measures to prevent pipes from freezing.
If your home is near a river or stream, you could face a flood because of heavy rains or the spring thaw. This is one type of water damage that is rarely covered by insurance without a separate flood policy, so if your home is at risk make sure you talk to your insurance agent.
Blocked Gutters, Catch Basin or Drainage Path
Gutters tend to fill with leaves in the fall. Installing gutter guards or cleaning them out frequently can prevent big trouble. Your catch basin or drainage path can be blocked by leaves and other debris. If not kept clean, water can’t flow into sewers or other safe places away from your foundation.
If your foundation has cracks or other faults, water from the ground can seep into your basement. Repair any defects right away.
Open or Damaged Windows
If your windows are left open during a storm, water can enter the basement. Even if they are kept closed, a poor seal or other damage can let water in. Make sure windows are closed and check for cracks, drafts, and loose sashes.
Minimize Your Losses
You can’t always prevent water from entering your basement, but you can definitely take steps to make sure you lose as little as possible.
- Store belongings off of the floor on shelving. Use waterproof containers when possible.
- Don’t store expensive electronics, fine art, or jewelry in a basement with a history of flooding.
- If you’re in a high-risk area, on a flood plain, or have had a problem with water in the basement in the past, don’t use high end finishes in your basement. If you finish the area for a bedroom or playroom, choose materials that are waterproof or inexpensive.
- Moisture alarms are a great investment. They can alert you at the first sign of moisture so you can take action right away.
Hopefully, these tips can help you avoid having water damage in your basement. If you do need water damage restoration services, call LaPointe Construction Board Up Service. Our highly trained team is standing by to help get your home back in shape in no time. Give us a call at 978-447-5991 and see what we can do for you!