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How to Identify the Source of Your Basement Flooding Issues

How to Identify the Source of Your Basement Flooding Issues

Is your basement flooding and you cannot find the cause? Basement flooding is no fun and can cause serious damage to your property, as well as costly cleanup and repair. It would be ideal to be able to prevent such a problem before it arises and save yourself a lot of headaches. The worse thing is not being able to identify the source of your problem. There are a number of factors that can cause your basement to flood. Continue reading to learn how you can identify the source of your basement flooding issue.

Foundation Cracks Inside and Out

Undenounced to you, there may be foundation cracks on the interior and exterior of your basement. It is possible that there may have been improper sealing of the basement tiles and foundation when your home was constructed. If you live in an area that is prone to heavy rain or severe weather events such as hurricanes, this is especially troubling. If your basement’s foundation has cracks, excessive water can enter your basement and cause flooding. Melting snow can also allow water to seep from the ground into your poorly sealed basement with time. If you are dealing with basement flooding whenever there is a rainstorm, check for internal and external foundation cracks. Internal cracks can be sealed much easier than substantial exterior foundation cracks, which is best addressed by a professional contractor that can provide adequate sealing and prevent future basement flooding. 

Deterioration in Walls and Floor Panels

Over time, your basement foundation deteriorates and as a result, can lead to weak spots and dangerous cracks in your basement walls and floor panels. This problem can also develop from structural setting and construction flaws as well. These cracks can allow high pressurized groundwater around your house to submerge in them and the result is a leak. Significant leakage into your basement can occur if the opening of the crack is large enough to let in a high volume of water. It’s crucial to keep up with the maintenance of your home’s foundation to prevent deterioration in the walls and floor panel. If you see this damage in your basement, this could be the source of your flooding. 

Gutter Inspection

Gutter and downspout maintenance are central for effective drainage of water from your roof. It’s crucial that clogged gutters and downspouts are cleaned to prevent water from draining properly and spilling over, where it can trickle down your basement the wall into your foundation. During the winter season, water can get trapped, freeze, and expand and cause the seams of your gutters and downspouts to split. This can result in water escaping down the sides of your house and develop into a pool and make its way into your basement. Getting a gutter inspection can allow you to check for damage to the structure of the gutter and remove debris, such as leaves, seeds and twigs that can obstruct effective drainage.

Bay State Mold Removal: Basement Flooding Remediation Experts

You may not know immediately what is causing your basement flood, but if you know what to look for, you can address the issue and prevent a future disaster. Cracks in your basement foundation, deteriorating walls and floor panels, and damaged or clogged gutters can all be the source of your basement flooding. You can always employ the help of professional contractors to assess your basement if you prefer. Contact Bay State Mold Removal today to get your basement flooding issue remediated.

How to Spot Black Mold in your Home

How to Spot Black Mold in your Home

Black mold or the scientific name, stachybotrys atra is a common mold found in homes throughout New England, including Massachusetts. This type of mold can be dangerous and toxic when ingested or inhaled. In this blog, we will teach you how to identify if the black mold is growing in your home. While it isn’t…

Mold to Look Out for This Spring

Mold to Look Out for This Spring

Most people look forward to spring; it means new life, fresh flowers, and putting away all the heavy winter gear back into storage. But for many homeowners, spring means the reawakening of malicious organisms whose only goal, it seems, is to damage or destroy the home. Mold is one of such organisms that can bring…

Little Known Effects of Mold

Little Known Effects of Mold

It’s virtually impossible to live your life without some exposure to mold. We’re constantly exposed to mold throughout the day, whether we notice it or not. Unfortunately, some people may be more sensitive to mold and may notice exposure more than others, and when they’re exposed to a large number of spores, they can get…

Mold to Look Out for This Winter

Mold to Look Out for This Winter

We often think of mold as a summer issue, but mold can actually occur any time of year and is fairly common in the damp winter months. This article will cover what mold is, problem areas you might find mold in the winter, and how to stop mold from growing.  What is Mold? Mold is…

A Guide to Eliminating Pantry Pests

A Guide to Eliminating Pantry Pests

We’ve all been there – you pull a bag of flour out of your pantry for a fun new recipe you found, only to see pests crawling around inside. Not only does this ruin your recipe, but it also signals the beginning of a much larger pantry pest issue. Pantry pests are annoying, but luckily,…

What to Look for When Hiring for Mold Repair

What to Look for When Hiring for Mold Repair

There are a lot of people that say not to avoid home repairs that deal with serious issues. Things like a leaky roof or issues with plumbing can really cause further costs and harm down the road. Mold, on the other hand, isn’t something you can wait even a day to take care of. Do…

How to Check if You Have Molds Behind Your Walls

How to Check if You Have Molds Behind Your Walls

The greater Boston area and North Shore have seen a lot of rain lately. But since it’s finally becoming a bit sunnier, we need to be more mindful about potential mold problems. Rainwater tends to pool and make its way into the smallest of spaces. If you’ve recently had your skylight open and perhaps didn’t shut it…

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