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Water In Your Basement After a Rain Storm? Take These Steps Now

3/13/2022 (Permalink)

Picture of dark basement with SERVPRO logo header Water damage experts able to work in any size space. Yes, even in those dark and creepy flooded basements.

If you find water leaking into your basement after heavy rain, you may not have a problem with your foundation or drainage.

There are many possible causes of water leakage in a basement, and the source of the water should be identified before any repairs are attempted. Some sources of water leakage may include cracks in the foundation, improper drainage around the house, faulty gutter and downspout systems, ice dams on roofs, malfunctioning sump pumps, poor flashing around doors and windows, or even improperly sealed chimneys.

A proper diagnosis is needed to determine where the source of water entry is before repairing or installing any waterproofing system. 

Basic Checks to Identify Water Leakage in Your Basement:

Take these steps right now to keep your basement water from becoming a real problem.

STEP 1: Look for the source of the water in your basement.

STEP 2: Move wet or damaged items away from the area of basement leakage.

STEP 3: Check for any water damage to your flooring or walls.

STEP 4: Examine window sills for gaps around the inside frame. 

STEP 5: Inspect the gutter and downspout system.

Just like with rain, snow falling on your roof melts into a liquid that then runs off the roof and down the sides of the house. If the ground is frozen, this melted snow will refreeze along the foundation wall and can then cause water damage to your home. You can prevent this type of water damage by ensuring that your downspouts are clear of debris and draining away from your home.

At SERVPRO, we know that water damage can be a headache. Contact our team of expert technicians for help in repairing storm damage and preventing future issues!

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