Basement Flooding in Charlotte NC - What to do to Prevent and Remediate
If you’ve ever experienced a flooded basement, you will certainly understand what a hassle it can be to resolve whatever the cause of the flood. Whether it’s a completely flooded basement, or water seeping through your walls, the remediation time and the expense can be huge.
While there’s absolutely no way to guarantee that your basement will never flood, there are steps that you can take proactively, to prevent a major flood.
Properly Maintain Your Gutters
This is #1 for a reason - because it’s the #1 cause in Charlotte of water intrusion issues found in crawl spaces and basements. Keeping your drainage system intact is essential to avoid this type water damage. The best advice I can give you is to have the gutters cleaned & checked annually by a professional. You may want to have this done annually or more frequently, based upon your lot and the number of trees that drop leaves and thus, the time of the year. The cost of cleaning and a gutter inspection is certainly inexpensive compared to the cost of flooding remediation. You or your gutter professional will also want to make sure your downspouts are properly installed to keep water running away from your house. The rule of thumb for this is a three-foot extension, ideally directed toward the street so the sewers can do their work.
Assess for Points of Entry
Are there cracks in the exterior of your home’s foundation? This is an easy way for water to make its way through from the outside. Are there cracks on your basement wall or cracks in the floor in your basement? This may be an early sign of water damage and certainly poses a threat for water damage in the future. The best way to prevent these cracks from giving you problems is to fill them with epoxy. Basement windows are another common way water can enter your basement. Check for closure as well as any detachment from the seal.
Do You Have a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is a common way to help basements avoid fungal growth, water damage and flooding. As wonderful as they are, sump pumps do require a little maintenance to be effective. Always confirm your sump pump is operational in the days before a big storm is expected. Now, this may be going a bit overboard but, it’s certainly worth mentioning - to truly get the most out of your sump pump, invest in a generator. In addition to the numerous benefits a generator will offer you when you have a power outage, the fact that your sump pump will be able to run, adds an additional layer of prevention when it comes to water damage during a big storm with a power outage.
No Turning Back - “My Basement Is Flooded!”
Depending on the severity of the flooding, calling a professional may very well need to be your first step. While you wait for their arrival or if the flooding is minor and you can manage it yourself, you can tackle some of the work on your own. First, address any exterior floodwaters surrounding your house, ascertaining that the water has somewhere to drain. Next, secure any movable items out of the flooded area and to a place where they can begin to dry. Prioritize, of course, if there are electronics and furniture you need to get out of the way; worry about the more replaceable items later. Once you are able to get the water out of your basement and begin the drying process, you’ll want to disinfect the previously affected areas to prevent fungal growth.
The threat of flooding in basements is real and it is one of those ‘major responsibilities’ of being a homeowner. Though not all homes (or basements) are created equal, as a homeowner, it’s wise to put your best foot forward to prevent and limit damage in case of a flood. As they say ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’
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