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Prevent Basement Flood

Prevent Basement Flood

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Prevent Basement Flood; Winter will be colder & wetter than normal according to Farmer's Almanac

Steve and Joe talk about preventing basement flooding in the winter season.

The Farmer's Almanac predicts that this winter will be colder and wetter than normal, with above-normal snowfall. Already we have seen some record amounts of rainfall throughout New England. One of the biggest challenges we face during storms and erratic weather patterns is keeping our basements dry. Often, we deal with the after affects of a wet, damp, and moist basement. If proactive measures are taken, home damage, loss, and health risks can be avoided.

How Can A Wet, Damp, & Moist Basement Affect Your Home?

Typically, when one part of a home is lacking in care, it often affects other areas of the home. A wet, damp, and moist basement can raise concern in many different ways.

Allergies & Respiratory - People who suffer from allergies, pneumonitis, and asthma are more sensitive to health problems associated with damp indoor environments. Moisture promotes bacteria, pests, dust mites, and mold, which can worsen existing respiratory health conditions. According to the EPA, as much as 50% of the air you breathe upstairs comes from your basement or crawl space.

High Heating Costs - Increased utility costs such as home heating are associated with a wet damp basement or crawl space. Properly controlling moisture will improve the efficiency of your homes heating and cooling system.

Structural Damage - Water or high humidity in the basement can lead to mold, mildew, or other biological growth conditions that can cause wood rot, structural damage, and even paint failures. Water or high humidity can damage any personal items that are stored in your basement as well.

Equipement Wear & Tear - Home utilities such as a furnace, hot water tank, and a well pump system are all subject to water damage. A damp environment can cause needless wear and tare, which can shorten over all equipment life expectancy.

Appliance Breakdown - A flooded basement can (stop) interrupt home heat, water, and other home utilities from functioning properly. Repair for these types of utilities are often dependant on correcting the water problem first, which can delay the time it takes to get things running again.

Home Value - A wet basement or crawl space can discourage buyers from selecting your home, and can ultimately prevent you from selling. A wet basement can significantly decrease property values .

Tips For Preventing A Flooded Basement

Keep Gutters & Down Spouts Clean - Keep gutters clean and extend downspouts away from the house and foundation. This will help limit roof water from collecting and pooling around the foundation.

Landscape - The grade around your foundation should slope away from the house to keep rainfall from collecting and pooling against foundation walls.

Sump Pump Maintenance - Make sure your sump pump is working properly. Make sure the sump pump is plugged into a working electrical outlet. Sump Pump Systems should be serviced (preventative maintenance) at least once a year.

Install A Sump Pump - A sump pump with an automatic level switch should be installed into a basement sump pit (sump liner). When water enters the sump pit, the sump pump will pump water out of the basement (below grade) and away from the house.

Install A Backup Sump Pump - A battery backup sump pump will automatically pump water out and away from the house when there is power loss or if the primary sump pump fails. A battery backup sump pump will also pump water out if the primary pump becomes overwhelmed.

Repair Foundation Cracks - Inspect your basement and repair any cracks. Make Sure There are No Cracks in the foundation wall.

Repair Window Leaks & Protect Window Wells - Inspect basement windows for leaks. If they are leaking, repair them or have them replaced. If your basement windows are below grade, clean any debris around the windows and consider installing Window Well Covers.

Snow Removal - Shovel snow away from the perimeter of the home, especially basement windows. Keeping excessive snow away from your home's foundation will reduce the amount of water cuased by snow melt.

Check & Prevent Frozen Pipes - Inspect plumbing that is exposed in the basement. Insulate all water pipes from cold moving to prevent from pipe burst from freezing.

Often, we look to quick fixes for wet basmeent problems. Pioneer Basement Service Manager, Mike Oliveira, states that most flooded basements are caused from a lack of maintenance. Sump Systems need to be maintained. A preventative maintenance program can prevent a flooded basement.

Note: If you do experience a flooded basement, avoid electrical shock by not stepping into basement with water. Contact your local Fire Department or Utility Provider for safety.

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References:

http://www.lung.org/healthy-air/home/resources/mold-and-dampness.html

http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/moisture-control

https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_solutions.hm_improvement_dampbasement

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