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Protect Your Basement from Water Damage

No one predicts their home will become flooded, but it can happen when least expected.

If there is a quick winter snow thaw, a heavy rainstorm, or if the city water drains are at capacity and overfilling, the excess water, with no other place to go, will look for the lowest spot.  If there are voids or cracks in your foundation wall, or if the water is more than your weeping tiles and sump pit can handle, the water might flood into your basement.

Even excess lawn watering in the summer months can result in water making its way down a foundation wall.  If there is poor landscape sloping and an easily accessible void in the foundation wall, water could also travel into the basement ceiling, dripping on anything stored below.  No matter how water makes it way in, the result will be damage to walls, flooring, and anything else at ground level.

Precautions to Take

There are several things you can do to protect your home from water damage:

  1. First, ensure you have appropriate eaves troughs and downspouts with extensions so rainwater and melting snow will migrate away from the walls and foundation.
  2. Frequently check the slope of your lawn as it settles to ensure it isn’t sloping towards the foundation.  Fill any low areas that have settled.
  3. Ensure your neighbors’ sump pumps aren’t pushing water onto your property.
  4. Check if your home has a sump pit.  It will be a hole about twenty inches in diameter and most likely located in an inconspicuous area of your basement.  If you have a pit with no pump, frequently check the water level to ensure the pit is handling the capacity and that its drains run free.
  5. A sump pit equipped with a pump is the best defense against basement flooding and water damage.  Consult with a professional to have one installed.
  6. When finishing a basement, patch any cracks and fill any voids.  Then use waterproof insulation and subflooring materials for extra protection.

Especially if you plan to finish your basement, ensure you first address the possibility of water leakage.  Then on an ongoing basis, check your eaves, ground slope, interior and exterior foundation walls, and ensure your sump pump is operating properly.

Comprehensive leak and flood proofing is the most thorough way to protect your home from water damage.

Contact ServiceMaster in for Basement Water Damage in Maine. We serve Auburn, Lewiston, Portland, Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Freeport, Brunswick, Bethel, Augusta, Waterville, Scarborough and every place in between

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