Tips for Dealing with Basement Water Damage

Basement: One thing is for certain, St. Louis Summers bring heat and rain. All of the rain we’ve had lately could be just the beginning of a wet and hot Midwestern summer. Excessive rain can be a big problem for your home’s exterior, especially your basement. Some sources say that 98% of all basements will encounter some sort of water or flood damage over the life of the home.

Water damage in your basement is more than just an inconvenience. It can lead to far-reaching serious problems. Your basement is where you keep many of your family’s memories. Not only can water ruin prized possessions, it can also lead to costly and dangerous mold problems.

 

How to Prevent Basement Water Problems

There are many things you can do to prevent water problems in your basement. Here are some basic guidelines for making sure you avoid water problems.

Take a quick look at your home’s exterior. Many water problems are the result of obstacles in your yard that lead to water building up around your foundation. One of the simplest things you can do is to grab an umbrella and had out into the rain to make sure that there are no obstacles impeding the flow of water around your foundation.

Problems Can Start with the Gutters

Since you’re already out in the rain with an umbrella, take a look at your gutters too. Make sure they are doing a good job of moving rain water away from your home and foundation. If they are clogged or damaged, this could lead to issues that could cause water to build up around your foundation and eventually leak into the basement.

Check out the Interior of the Basement

Rainwater is not the only contributing factor for water damage. Checking the basement’s interior can give you a heads up on these other water issues. Water problems in the interior of the basement can arise from leaking pipes, appliance problems and backups of sewage.

Tips for Avoiding Internal Water Problems

As we have said, rainwater isn’t the only potential water threat. However, with a little upkeep and attention to detail you can make sure that your basement is safe from internal water damage.

Routinely inspect your pipes to make sure they are not leaking or damaged. Consider using pipe insulators during cold periods to avoid damages from freezing and thawing.

Keep an eye on your appliances that use water.

Basements and crawl spaces are simply humid by their very nature. Regularly running a dehumidifier when humidity is high can reduce the risk of mold in your basement from condensation.

Summing It All Up

Basements are simply prone to water problems. Even if you follow all of the steps outlined in this post, you may still suffer damage in your basement.

If you have suffered water damage, the best thing to do is call a professional you can rely on. At Elite Exteriors we are masters of caring for your home’s exterior. We are local to St. Louis and caring for the homes in our community is a tremendous point of pride for everyone in our organization. If you have water troubles in your basement, give us a call today. We will be happy to help.

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St. Louis, MO 63125
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