Floods and water damage from major storms can affect your entire home, from the roof, to ceilings and walls to flooring and of course, your basement. Major flood damage is unquestionably one of the most destructive events your home can experience and also one of the most emotionally stressful events you may endure. |
Basement flooding can occur due to extreme weather, burst pipes, or backed-up drains. It's impossible to predict or prevent entirely, but what you can do is learn from the experience so you'll have less damage to deal with the next time around.
Carrying out a professional wet basement cleanup is the first step required to remove any existing water damagein your home and basement.
How to avoid basement flooding
Many local homeowners, especially those whose homes lie in flood plains, are familiar with the heartbreak of descending their basement steps after a rain storm to find a soupy mess of murky water, wet and ruined clothes and waterlogged mementos.
Outlined below are some of the most effective ways of keeping your basement dry:
Reduce the humidity level in your basement: If you don't have a dryer vent or dehumidifier get one installed by a professional. If you have an existing dryer vent or dehumidifier – ensure it isn't leaking, as this may be the source of humid air in your basement. Insulation: Installing foam insulation in cold surfaces is a simple and effective way to reduce condensation from cold pipes and basement walls. If you don't have a finished basement and only have a crawlspace – consider installing a vaopr barrier. This will keep your basement moisture free. Redirect water away from your home foundation: Add landscape features (such as gravel slopes, or downspout extensions) that funnel water at least 6 ft. away from your basement foundations and wall. Additional drainage options: If redirecting water away from your property isn't enough to keep your property dry, install a channeling system (via a sump pump), a French drain, or install drainage tubing to permanently fix serious basement leakages. Waterproof the building: Hire a professional water damage repairs and restoration company to waterproof your basement wall; i.e., plug holes and cracks in the foundation, coat the basement walls with masonry waterproofing. Basement flooding is a widespread problem and causes millions of dollars in damage to personal property, not to mention huge personal efforts in rehabilitation to fix the damage caused, and to replace items lost. Clearly, it is in a home owner's best interest never to experience a basement flood at all.
What can you do to avoid mold problems? If your basement floods, the most important thing is quick action — drying out damp areas in 24 to 48 hours, according the EPA's mold guide. The longer mold gets warm, humid conditions , the more real estate it can take over — and the more spores it can eventually release into your home.
If you aren't able to dry out a flooded home within a couple of days, you might want to seek help from a professional flood restoration expert and experienced in mold cleanup.
Check out Auckland Flood Restoration main page for assistance on the job
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