Water Damage in the basement is not uncommon, especially when the sump pump malfunctions or something in the home plumbing system went wrong.
And while it can be uncommon, it does not mean that it cannot be prevented. Adequate maintenance, and nipping problems in the bud can help avoiding water damage that could potentially rake in a lot of money from the family funds.
So how can you prevent water damage in your basement?
House Logic says there are many ways to ensure that water damage will not occur in the basement. One way that they have mentioned is by checking on the sump pump regularly.
“Sump pumps come to life during storms. That’s not when you want to realize yours isn’t working properly. You should check it at least once a year, and ideally perform several checks during heavy storm seasons. How to test your sump pump: (1) Slowly fill the sump pump pit with water. Watch for the “float” (similar to the float in your toilet) to rise, which should turn on the pump. Then watch to make sure the water level falls. (2) Test your backup pump the same way, but unplug the main pump first. (3) If you don’t have a backup pump — or a generator — and are on municipal water, get one that runs on water pressure. If you’re on well water, your only option is the battery kind.”
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Inspect Rain Gutters
Another way to ensure that water damage will not take place in the basement is to check rain gutters. The website Family Handyman in fact said that if need be, extensions should be installed to ensure that water is dumped away from the home.
“A 1,000-sq.-ft. roof will shed about 620 gallons of water during a 1-in. rainfall, or about 103 gallons per downspout if you have six downspouts. That’s a lot of water dumped right next to your basement. Although it may seem obvious, clean and properly functioning gutters with downspouts that empty away from the foundation are key to avoiding major and expensive home repairs.”
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Common area for molds to grow
Moldpedia says the basement is one of the most common areas in a home that gets molds because of water damage that is left undiscovered and untreated.
“There are many sources of moisture found in the basement. And any water problem in the basement usually takes a long time to dry out. This is because the basement gets no sunlight, very little ventilation and is often humid. To make matters worse, once mold has begun to grow in the basement it will probably go unnoticed for a long time since people don’t spend much time in their basements. People rarely clean their basements too and the dust and dirt helps mold to grow.”
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There are many ways to prevent water damage in your basement. Routine maintenance and immediate restoration work is key to ensuring that