Minor leakage rarely causes structural damage and flood cleanup might not even be an option that’s worth considering. However, leakage is still a major inconvenience no matter what angle you’re going to look at. Other people may also be turned off by the odor that is caused by mold and mildew. Aside from that, allergic reactions and respiratory ailments seem inevitable to those that have weak immune systems. While it’s still minimal, water damage must be fixed to avoid dealing with mold. The faster the water damage restoration, the better.
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Taking a look at the water damage once isn’t going to help you determine the severity of the problem right away. The most common defect that’s always identified during inspection is water damage in the basement. Luckily, it’s also one of the most preventable types of water leakage. It’s usually the result of improper exterior grading, cracked exterior surfaces, lack of proper gutters, etc.
Flooding in the basement doesn’t just happen organically. There are factors that lead to this problem, such as:
The location of your home
One of the most obvious reasons is the site of your home. Ideally, a home should be built on terrains that slope down away from it. This is done so that water that is accumulated may be drained away. Homes that are built on the lower part of the estate are frequently visited by floods due to the water that flows from the higher portions to the bottom.
Improper floor and wall sealing
The floor and the walls that were not properly sealed can easily cause water damage. The tile in the basement that were badly sealed will allow water to seep in. The problem will only worsen in the event of extreme weather conditions. You’ll know that there are problems on the sealing if your home is constantly flooded every time that there is heavy storms and downpours. If possible, fix the problem as soon as you spot it.
Blocked gutter system
A blocked gutter system happens when your manifold, which is connected to the public sewerage system, gets plugged and causes a flood in your residence. If that happens, you should notify local authorities regarding the problem. Water levels that will further increases are not a good sign for the foundation of your home.
Wrong installation of the drainage system
In a similar way, a drainage system that was installed incorrectly can lead to leakages inside of your basement. The malfunction of the drainage system is also a possibility. When the downspouts of the home are positioned too close to the basement, the water will drain toward it instead of away from it. The heavy load will not be sustained by your weeping tiles, thus, causing flooding in the basement. The main purpose of those downspouts is to drain the water to head in the direction of the street, not to be sent directly to your wall.
Water that’s left behind the eaves-troughs
An eaves-troughs that is filled with water may overflow once rainwater starts gushing into it, and making its way to your basement. There’s an easy way for you to avoid this: climb to your roof and remove the water from the area. If the eaves-troughs still cause water damage, it’s advisable to change it with a larger one.