When your basement floods, you have a lot of damage to clean up. A flooded basement means dealing with possible foundation issues, mold, electrical problems, and the possible loss of furniture or objects stored there. Basement waterproofing is an excellent way to help you reduce the damage floodwaters can cause. Some of these waterproofing methods help stop the water from coming in in the first place. Sometimes, however, there’s no way to prevent the water from seeping in, so other methods are deployed to remove it as quickly as possible.
The ground under your home can absorb and retain a great deal of moisture. Depending on the land your home is built on, it’s likely that the water will seep back up into your basement. There’s unfortunately little that can be done, short of moving your house or building additional structures under it. However, waterproofing techniques can help prevent the waters from damaging your home. Installing drains in your basement and beside your home will help the water flow out. These drains are the perfect solution for basements that consistently flood.
Storms and other weather disasters are the most common source of floodwaters in the basement. Luckily, there are many defense tactics to help prevent damages. If your home’s structure has any cracks or gaps, additional restorations can be applied to help seal them to prevent water from seeping in. Waterproof sealants can also be applied around the foundation of your home and around doors and windows. This creates a watertight barrier that will prevent floodwaters from entering your home. Additional measures, such as placing sandbags around your home before a storm, can help further prevent flood damages.
Even after the water is gone, your basement could still experience some damage from the moisture left behind in the air. Humid conditions in the basement can create all sorts of problems. Mold can still grow where there is humidity. The lower air quality could also agitate asthma or other respiratory problems you or your family could have. The best way to prevent all water damage is to install professional air fans and dehumidifiers. These will keep the moisture out of your air and help prevent water damage in your basement.
When flooding occurs in your basement, you’re left to deal with a mess to clean up. Waterproofing your basement is the best defense against floods and the damages they can cause. At HS Restoration, we provide quality basement waterproofing services that help minimize the damages your home could sustain. Call us today at 609-257-4390 to see what we have to offer for your home. Don’t wait to act until after a flood. Take preventative measures now and protect your home and your family from possible damage.