Basement Flooding: Causes and Prevention

Basement Flooding

Basements can become an integral part of a functional home, providing lots of extra space for storage, work, and play. Unfortunately, they’re also inherently susceptible to flooding. In some parts of the country, water damage has exceeded fire damage as the number one cause of homeowner claims. Floods are destructive disasters, as anyone who has experienced home flooding can attest to. A single flood may cause thousands of dollars worth of damage and loss of property. Flooding also greatly increases the probability of mold growth, a problem that can again be extremely costly to fix.

There are many reasons why basements flood, and understanding some of them will help you be better prepared to find the right waterproofing systems for your home.

One main cause of basement flooding is simply the fact that the basement is the lowest level of the home. The groundwater is often at the level of the basement floor – in some locations, the groundwater is always at floor level or higher. Any cracks or leaks in the foundation provide a perfect opportunity for water to seep in.

If you have poorly sealed walls and floors, it’s more likely than not that you’ll have flooding as soon as heavy weather hits. Water will always seek the path of least resistance, and if there’s a way to get into your basement, water will find it.

Another way water is transported is by inadequate roof drainage. It’s important to make sure that roof water doesn’t simply flow from a drainpipe into the ground. A good idea is to install pipes and drains that direct water as far away from the house as possible.

A basement flood can be a devastating occurrence, but it doesn’t have to happen to you. If you want to learn how to avoid a home disaster in the future, contact us for help. We’ll give you a free evaluation, and walk you through the steps you need to take to insure your basement stays secure, safe and dry for many years to come.