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The Top 3 Causes Of Basement Flooding

The Top 3 Causes Of Basement FloodingWith the polar vortex plaguing Maryland and the rest of the Northeast, it’s difficult to think about anything except the mind-numbing cold. But as we work our way through winter and into warmer temperatures, you should definitely be aware of the risk of basement flooding and its possible causes. In this post, we’ll examine these causes and what you do to prevent this very costly occurrence. Here are the top 3 causes of basement flooding and what you can do to prevent it.

1. Freezing And Thawing

As this winter has shown, temperatures can rise and fall very quickly. Over the course of the season, the concrete in your basement expands and contracts as it freezes and thaws. Over time, the stress of these repeated freezing and thawings can cause your foundation or basement walls to crack. This can allow water from either a recent thaw or unfrozen groundwater to seep in and flood your basement. In addition, as winter progresses, water in already existing cracks can freeze, and as it does so, it expands and can widen the crack, allowing more water in during the thaw.

2. Improper Drainage

As water pools around your house, either from winter snow or spring rain, it will drain off in whatever direction gravity pulls it. If your home has proper drainage, the angle of the soil will direct water flow away from your home. However, if the soil slopes toward the house, this will direct the water flow into your home, where it will pool up in the basement and seep inside through cracks in the basement wall or foundation. Depending on the amount of water that gets inside your home, this could cause a damp environment that causes mold growth, or flooding, if water leaks inside in sufficient quantities. 

3. Burst Pipes And Overflowing Sewer Lines

The cold air that is currently a frequent visitor to the northeast can cause improperly insulated pipes to freeze and burst, flooding your basement. This can result in a nightmare scenario for you where not only does the resulting floodwater have to be pumped out, but you also have to pay to have the pipes and drywall replaced. The financial cost of this can quickly climb into the thousands of dollars. 

Fortunately, flooded basements can be prevented with planning. Make sure that the exterior of your home drains away from your house. Remove any obstructions that prevent drainage. In certain situations, a sump pump may be required, but be sure to have a professional install it. AA Action Waterproofing can help with this and more. Contact us today and get a free, no obligation estimate.

This entry was posted in Water Damage on March, 28, 2014