Basement flooding is always a problem for homeowners, but few people stop to think about why it happens. Sometimes it's a location issue, but more often basements flood because of a structural problem. A well-built American home should be able to stand up to heavy rains and severe weather without sustaining major damage, but structural problems do arise and damage does happen.
When it comes to basement waterproofing and protecting it from flooding, there are a lot of things that can be done. Fortunately, Allen Keith can handle many basement waterproofing elements while renovating your basement. However, a large part of protecting your basement from flooding and water damage falls on you as the homeowner. Before you give us a call, consider these flooding prevention steps.
Common Sources of Water Damage
Grading refers to the slope of your foundation. It should be going away from your house. Otherwise, water could pool at the base and seep into your basement. The easiest way to fix this problem is to add soil where the water is collecting and create a positive grade with the water going into your yard.
Caulking around doors and windows can crack and degrade over time, allowing water to seep into a basement. This is a problem that can easily be solved with additional caulking.
Window wells can become blocked by debris, allowing water to seep into your basement. Make sure that all the window wells around your house are free of branches, leaves and anything else that may block them.
A Cracking Foundation
Soil around the foundation of a home can fill with water, putting a lot of pressure on a house's foundation. In time, this can cause the foundation to crack and allow water to seep into the basement. Look for any cracks in the walls of your basement to see if this is a problem.
These are just a few of the problems that can cause water damage in your basement. If your basement has suffered water damage or flooding, perhaps it is time for basement waterproofing. To learn more, get a free estimate from the professionals at Allen Keith.
We offer basement waterproofing services in the following counties:
Carroll County – Minerva, Carrollton, and Malvern
Columbiana County – Columbiana, East Liverpool, and Salem
Holmes County – Millersburg, Loudonville, and Baltic
Mahoning County – Struthers, Youngstown, and Alliance
Medina County – Brunswick, Wadsworth, and Medina
Portage County – Kent, Aurora, and Streetsboro
Stark County – Canton, Massillon, and Alliance
Summit County – Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, and Stow
Tuscarawas County – Dover, New Philadelphia, and Uhrichsville
Wayne County – Wooster, Norton, and Orrville