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Causes of Basement Flooding

By Edited Oct 20, 2015 0 0

Basement flooding is a real nuisance. Unfortunately, it is also a nuisance that many individuals have to face a number of times each year. Too many of these people believe that if they just ignore the problem of basement flooding that it might go away. No such thing will happen. In fact, if you choose to ignore a flooding problem in your basement you could be doing great damage to your house in the long run. So rather than ignore the problem, you need to face it head on. Before you can effectively deal with the problem you need to know a little bit about what causes basement flooding.

Location, Location, Location

They say that in real estate that location is everything. It is much the same when it comes to flood waters in your basement. Houses should be built on land that slopes away from the house. If this is not true of your house then you might have a problem. I have a friend of mine that lives in the Pittsburgh area and lives on somewhat of a small mountain. His entire back yard slopes down toward his house. This is a flooding problem waiting to happen. You want water to run away from your house during a rain and not to run toward your house. Even if your backyard doesn't slope down to your house you will want to make sure that all of the area around your house slopes away. If it doesn't then you will probably want to get a few loads of dirt delivered and build up the area around your house.

Poor Sealing or Crack Drain Tiles

Another problem that may lead to basement flooding is if your basement floor or basement wall have not been sealed properly when you house was built. If this is the case water will easily seep through the wall or floor. This is especially true during heavy thunderstorms. If the only time you get water in your basement is during heavy storms you may want to bring a company in to check whether your walls and floor are sealed properly.

Most homes have drain tiles that run around the house to catch water that seeps in around the foundation of your home. If you have a sump pump and pit in your home then the water captured in the drain tiles is funneled into your pit to be pumped out by your pump. Do to settling of the ground tree roots and other factors these drain tiles can become cracked over time. It this is the case water will seep through the cracks and into the ground around your home and it will ultimately find a way into your home. If you have cracked drain tiles then you will need to bring a company out to dig up the yard around your home and replace the tiles.

Clogged Gutters

If your gutters are clogged then you will want to unclog them. You need to periodically check your gutters throughout the years. This especially needs to be done when the leaves begin to fall and in the spring when the “helicopters” and other debris are dropped from the tree surrounding your house. If your gutter gets clogged the water will begin to pour over the edges of your gutters and right down into the foundation of your house.

If your gutters often get blocked and you forget to check them then you might want to install some sort of gutter guard so that the debris is kept out of your gutters. You have many options where this is considered. Stop by your local hardware store if you are unsure how to proceed.

Short Downspouts

Often the downspouts on your house don't remove the water far enough away from your house. A big puddle develops and begins to spread and ultimately water makes it down around your foundation and into your basement and causes flooding.

If you suspect this to be the case then you simply need to go out and purchase downspout extensions. Look for the type that will allow you to raise it up when it is time to cut the grass. It will enable you to save a little time when it comes to edging around your home. The extension the for downspout will remove the water far enough away from your home where it will cease to be a problem.

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