What To Do When Your Basement Floods

Basement flooding is a nightmare and arguably one of the most frustrating things for any homeowner. Basement floods can ruin your personal belongings, as well as create a serious health and safety hazard.

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Common Causes of Basement Flooding:

Did you know all basements are prone to flooding? There are many causes behind water in your basement. Here are 3 common causes of a flooded basement:

1. Plumbing Leaks

The first common cause of a flooded basement is a plumbing leak. There could be a burst of leaking pipe, a leaking waste line, or a leaking water tank or water heater.

2. Leaky Basement Windows

The second common cause of a flooded basement is a leaky basement window. Water can leak into the basement through and around the windows if your window wells fill with water from a flooded yard or clogged gutters.

3. Leaky Basement Foundation

The third, most common cause of a flooded basement is a leaky basement foundation. This is caused by excessive amounts of rain, poor yard drainage, and sewer backups.

What to Do When your Basement Floods:

Below are the following steps we recommend to return your home to its pre-flood condition, as well as to protect your home from future basement flooding:

1.Stay Safe

Remember, a flooded basement can be a serious health and safety hazard. Therefore, you should avoid going down into the basement if possible because water in your basement can contain harmful bacteria. You should also avoid touching electrical wiring or fixtures because it puts you at risk of an electric shock or even worse, electrocution.

2. Remove Water-Damage Items

Once it’s safe to go down into the basement, you should begin to remove upholstered furniture and other belongings to a dry area.

3. Call your Plumber and Install an Effective Basement Waterproofing System

Once you’ve removed upholstered furniture and other belongings to a dry area, you should call a plumber who specializes in Flooded Basements and Basement Waterproofing services to identify the issue that caused the flooding and to install an effective Basement Waterproofing system to protect your home against future flooding.

Draintony provides Basement Waterproofing services you can trust. It is important for your home to be internally and externally waterproofed. Internal Waterproofing is used when the source of moisture is coming from the inside and External Waterproofing stops seepage of water into the house to structurally ensure the life of the wall and building it supports.

4. Call your Insurance Company

Does your home have flood coverage? Flood coverage is an add-on to your regular policy. Find out if your home has flood coverage as most standard insurance policies cover flood damage caused by a burst pipe or appliance failure.

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About Draintony

We are a locally owned and operated plumbing company, providing residential and commercial owner plumbing services. We specialize in Drain Repair, Drain Cleaning, Basement Waterproofing, Sump Pump Installation, Clogged Toilets and more. Our team at Draintony is dedicated to providing you premier plumbing quality and premier plumbing services.