Basement flooding is a common headache for countless homeowners. If you have ever experienced a flooding basement, you know just how stressful it can be. It ruins your carpets, furniture, belongings and can lead to the growth of mold if not remedied in 48 hours.
What Causes Basement Flooding?
- Clogged gutters
- Sinkholes near foundation walls, improper drainage
- No existing interior waterproofing system
- Silted, improperly installed, or failing interior drain systems
- Sump pump failures
- Foundation Wall cracks
- Clogged stairway drains
- Holes in block foundation walls
- Mortar joint failures
- Window wells with poor drainage
- Windows or egress systems improperly sealed
- Foundation walls with pipe penetrations
There are multiple causes that can lead to basement flooding. Some can be easily corrected but the majority require the expertise of a licensed waterproofing company like 20,000 Leaks Under the Basement. We recommend these simple preventative measures for every homeowner to take before scheduling a Basement Waterproofing evaluation to keep the flooding away.
1. Keep your Gutters & Downspouts Clean
If your gutters and downspouts are clogged, your basement is likely to flood. In addition to regular seasonal cleaning, take the time to check them when major rain events are in the forecast. Also, your downspouts should be extended and routed away from your foundation walls.
2. Sump Pump Maintenance & Backup Systems
In order to ensure your pump is functioning properly invest in an annual service/maintenance program. Also, consider having a backup system, either battery for well systems or centrifugal for homes with municipal water. Sump pumps failures are a major contributing factor in basement flooding.
3. Sinkholes & Pooling Water
You might be unaware that your yard can contribute to a flooded basement. Check for any sinkholes or missing dirt near your foundation walls. When discovered, look up and around to see what the cause might be, maybe an overflowing gutter or a downspout extension is disconnected or broken. Also, look for any pooling water near your foundation wall or in your yard. Improper yard drainage can create basement flooding issues over time.
4. Remove Debris & Leaves from Stairwell Drains
Keeping your stairwell drain clean is super important and needs to be checked before every rain event. Make sure to remove the leaves and debris as improperly maintained stairwell drains can lead to a flooded basement. If the water cannot flow into the drain the stairwell fills with water and spills into your basement.
I’ve Done All I Can Do – What’s Next?
You’ve taken the preventative steps above and now it’s time to schedule your free comprehensive waterproofing evaluation with 20000 Leaks Under the Basement. Don’t put off a basement waterproofing inspection, damage can worsen over time and get more expensive. Our evaluations are thorough and include both interior and exterior examinations.
- Holes in blocks, mortar failures
- Noticeable cracks in foundation walls
- Presence of efflorescence
- Moisture on the walls and floors
- Sump pumps operation
- Silted or improperly installed systems
- Stairway drainage
- Sinkholes near the foundation
- Gutter overflows
- Downspouts and window well exam
- Water flow near the home foundation
- Yard drainage
This is where we come in to take all your basement flooding woes away. As one of the best basement waterproofing companies, we provide industry-standard waterproofing solutions to ensure your basement is safe and dry.
Thinking about Basement Remodeling – Call us First?
Your first step before starting your basement remodeling project should be to contact a qualified basement waterproofing company, such as ours, to perform a comprehensive evaluation of your basement to look for any leaks, cracks, mold, or other potential problems.
Too many times, our clients call us after the basement remodeling project is done! A flood or leak happens; the carpet is soaked, the drywall is ruined, and the baseboards are wet and now it’s too late. Our advice is to call us prior to starting your renovation. If you don’t take the proper steps before beginning your project it can become an even bigger and more expensive project. How devastating to see your investment ruined by a flood or leak which could have been prevented by calling 20,000 Leaks at the start for a comprehensive basement evaluation.
Put Your Faith in Us to Get the Job Done Right
You can count on 20,000 Leaks Under the Basement to do the job right. We are licensed and insured and have a proven track record. Our basement waterproofing systems and services are guaranteed to protect your most valuable investment, your home. You can rest assured your basement will remain dry and free of dampness for years to come, we guarantee it!
Looking for an Exterior Basement Waterproofing Company?
Are you interested in exterior basement waterproofing in the Maryland or Virginia area? 20,000 Leaks Under the Basement has been a locally owned and operated business providing waterproofing solutions for over 25 years. Our team of waterproofing experts uses industry-standard products from local distributors.
We offer a variety of repair and installation services. Which include foundation crack repairs and interior basement waterproofing systems. Our experts also install stairwell and window well drains, egress windows, and sump pumps.
Get in touch today to schedule the repair or installation you need.