Causes of Water Damage
Sometimes, the source of water in your basement is obvious. If you’ve got a broken or leaking basement window or a busted pipe, the source of your issue is fairly clear. Most of the time, however, wet basements just are, so finding the cause is much more difficult than pointing to your plumbing. Typically, we can trace a wet basement to one of four common causes.
Steps For Addressing Water In The Basement
Keep Yourself Safe
If your basement is flooded, don’t plug in or use any electrical devices. Handling electricity while standing in pooling water can lead to electrical shock or, in serious cases, electrocution.
Wear Protective Gear
Rubber boots are a great investment if your basement floods consistently. They’ll keep you safe in the event that an electrical issue arises. Never walk into a flooded basement with bare feet or flip flops as they don’t provide the necessary protection. If you smell heavy, musty odors, a mask or face covering can also help, because it will protect you from inhaling dangerous mold spores.
Pump Out Water Immediately
Leaving water to sit attracts mold and pests. Using a wet-dry vacuum, suck out as much water as possible when your basement is flooded. If you don’t have access to one, you may need to call a plumber or another professional. A dehumidifier can help you get rid of moisture the wet-dry vacuum can’t get. Make sure to throw away items that are too damaged to save and leave everything else to dry if possible.
Call American Foundation & Waterproofing
If you’re consistently dealing with a wet or flooding basement, call us for a free estimate on your basement waterproofing project. Our team can design a plan to keep your basement dry and usable for years to come, restoring your space for good.