Things That Could Be Causing Water Damage in Your Basement

Exterior basement waterproofing

If you have a basement, you probably either use it for extra storage (it’s like a Christmas wonderland all year round!) or you have it finished off to use as an extension of your house. Either way, there are some pretty important things down there and the worst feeling in the world is clomping down the stairs and stepping into a pool of water.

Even for an unfinished basement, the average cost to fix basement water damage in the U.S. ranges from $3,000-$5,000. At that price, basement waterproofing is more of a necessity than anything else. Sometimes you can fix basement flooding yourself and sometimes you need to call in an expert; but until you know what’s causing the flooding, this can be hard to figure out. Here are just a few things that could be causing significant water damage in your basement:

  • The springtime rainy season. No, it’s not exactly a monsoon, but certain areas are prone to more rain during spring months and not all basements can handle it. Unless you can change the weather, you’ll probably want to enlist the help of basement waterproofing specialists to protect your basement from any (more) storm water damage.

  • Erosion. Erosion from wind and water can occur anywhere — agricultural or urban landscapes, open fields or dense forests… it doesn’t matter. The weather will do what it wants to do. There are different types of erosion control that can be applied to any environment to make sure that there’s still something on the ground to soak up extra water (and by “something,” we don’t mean “your basement couch”).

  • A broken sump pump. Testing and checking your sump pump regularly is an easy way to avoid water damage and a faulty sump pump may be the cause of your basement flooding if you haven’t experienced any other environmental factors.

Basement flooding can be a serious problem and can even cause home structural failure if it gets out of hand. If you aren’t the original homeowner, water damage could even affecting your house without your knowledge. Basement waterproofing is one of the most important preventative measures you can take to make sure that your house stays safe.
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