Last Updated: 07/07/2020
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Basement water damage occurs from many different sources. You can have a damp basement, fully flooded basement or anywhere in between. How you will deal with each is completely different. Flooding is one of the leading causes for insurance claims. It causes a lot of stress with cleanup and property loss. Walls that are saturated by ground water. An appliance, usually a washer, that has a leak. Sewer water backing up into the basement. Once you have water in your basement it is very important to determine where it came from and if it will happen again. There are several ways to go about this and make sure you won't have basement water damage again. Check your rain gutters. Make sure they are free of leaves by cleaning them yearly. Check to see they are properly attached and draining away from the foundation. Ideally, even though it doesn't necessarily look good, they should drain at least 4 feet away from the foundation.
Are there any areas of your property that drain towards your home? Remember that pavement can settle and change with age. Has there been any settling around your foundation? Fill in with dirt if needed. Are all of your sprinklers working properly? If not, they may let off too much water. Check them monthly to make sure they aren't leaking. If your water problem is backing up into your basement. Contact a plumber. They will help you to determine if you need to contact the city water department. The exterior drain tiles around the house are your first line of defense against any groundwater intrusion. The easiest way to fix this is to install a sump pump that will carry water away from your house. The interior drain tile system will route water from the basement to the sump pump. If your appliances are the problem, check all of the hoses. Make sure they are connected properly and not broken. Replace them if needed. Once you are free of problems, determine if you need a new sump pump. You may also need to consider using a moisture barrier on your walls and floor and using a caulk where leaking is occurring. If the basement water damage is severe and there are structural issues such as a bowed wall, you will need to consult with a professional to shore it up since this is very detailed work. Also be sure to contact your insurance agent and take pictures. Not all insurance policies cover flooding. Be sure to specify that need with your agent.
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Within hours, hazardous mold and mildew begin to grow in your water damage affected home. If left untreated, the mold will quickly multiply and grow throughout the affected area of your residence. Within 72 to 94 hours, your home is far into secondary water damage affects and the consequences that arise with such long procrastination. Water damage is progressive, meaning that it the longer you wait to treat it, the worse the damage becomes. Although the majority of the damage happens instantly when the water begins to come in contact with your home and the items inside of it, the secondary water damage can made your home uninhabitable. For the sake of simplicity, I will outline a time line in which different damages occur in chronological order. 1-6 Hours: The water has been soaked up by drywall, padding, and absorbent materials such as cardboard and cushions. Depending on the type of water (clean, gray, or black), these materials may already be unsalvageable and dangerous to reuse. 6-24 Hours: Mold and mildew have begun to grow along with hazardous bacteria and other microorganisms.
Depending on the original contaminates of the water, these harmful microorganisms can vary from quite dangerous to causing only mild discomfort. 24-72 Hours: The water has begun to take its toll on furniture and your home's structural integrity. Secondary damage is already occurring and it can render your furniture and other personal items unsalvageable within this time frame. Hours: Even if you were originally affected with clean water, the bacteria content in the water has grown to such high levels that all affected materials must be promptly removed. Everything that was touched by this water (furniture, personal items, baseboards, walls, etc.) must be removed and discarded. The mold and mildew are in full force, and are most likely are beginning to become visible on the back of baseboards. After a week of untreated water damage, your ventilation system is beginning to be bombarded with mold spores. This can trigger asthmatic attacks and is simply detrimental to our respiratory system.
Water In Basement in Tallahassee Fl
Some disasters cannot be planned for or expected such as fires and floods. For a homeowner, water damage and fire damage are expensive and stressful problems to deal with. Luckily, there are several services out there that offer help. Fire concrete walls or earthen berm. A berm is most commonly used but is only suitable for an area that is over 6 feet in width and at least a foot in height.
If this is not possible then a concrete wall is used. Another form of flooding protection is using dry flood proofing, which will ensure that the building is watertight. The walls of the buildings are constructed with waterproof materials and the windows are doors are reinforced to help prevent the water from getting into the home. Sandbags are used too, so that water can be soaked up, where there are cracks in the doors. Irrigation canals and ditches have been built in many areas where floods are common. They need to be maintained constantly, so can cost a lot of money through the councils. These canals and ditches are used to help move the water away from a property or piece of land so that the damage is limited. It takes a professional to come in and look at where a ditch needs to be placed and the direction it should travel in for maximum protection.
Flood Repair Companies in Tallahassee Fl
After living through two basements floods and two partial basement floods, I have gained some experience and knowledge on this subject. We hope never to have to deal with this again. Then, in the last two weeks here in the Peace Country there were torrential rains, road closures, bridge washouts and many basements floods. Gratefully, the measures we took prevented our home from flooding this go round. Preferably, you want to prevent one in the first place. For some reason, they always occur at the most inconvenient time. When we had our two major floods, I had a house full of company the first time, and the second time, I had a house full of company arriving. They also seem to happen in the middle of the night when you are so tired you just want to throw up, and there you are up all night wading through mucky water.
So if this information will prevent a flood for you, trust me, it is worth your read. Key to preventing a flood is moving the water away from your house. The grade of your property should always slope away from your home. If you have to change the grade, use a clay type fill, as this will not allow the water to seep through. It will run away following the grade. If you have basements windows, I have seen contractors build a casement around them, and then build up the lawn. It is not pretty, but does the trick. This can also be expensive. If you have an older home and are prepared to upgrade your area with this type of project, you should have your weeping tile checked at the same time. This will require digging down to the bottom of the basement on the exterior walls, and ensuring that provision is made to collect water and run it to the drain.
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