The Unwelcome Surprise of a Wet Basement or Crawlspace

Buying a home is an exciting time for most people, but there can be lurking problems that you are unaware of. Water damage from moisture in the basement or crawlspace areas can catch any homeowner off guard. This problem will need to be taken care of to ensure your family does not get sick from mold.

Undetected Water Damage

55 percent of homeowners surveyed in 2017 state that they have lived in a home with a wet basement. Of this group, 71 percent state they never knew they were moving into a home with basement water damage. There are times that this problem is kept hidden, but it can also be a case where the home inspector is not experienced enough to detect existing water damage when there is a period of limited rainfall.

Climate Changes and Increased Heavy Rainfall

Ongoing unpredictable weather from climate change has made rainfall amounts increase in some areas of the country. These heavy rains happen in short periods of time, leading to severe localized flooding. It is difficult to keep water out of the basement during unexpected naturally occurring heavy rains. Most drainage systems can become overwhelmed and begin to force water up drains. The sheer pressure of water against a concrete basement wall can cause failure and water seepage through the cement.

Small Amounts of Water Intrusion Cause Big Mold Problems

You may feel the problem has gone away once the major amounts of water are gone, but the slightest remaining moisture can lead to a mold problem of epic proportions. You need to have a professional restoration company inspect and ensure that all areas of the basement are dry and sealed. The water intrusion might be such a slight amount that you are unaware, yet every time it rains the damage is adding up.

Solutions for Wet Basements

Cleaning up and drying the basement is only part of the chore to ending water damage. You need to find the exact source of water intrusions and fix them. It might be poor drainage, clogged gutters, leaking windows, cracks in the basement walls or a defective sump pump. This is the only way to avoid revisiting the problem each time it rains.

Contact experts in water damage West Palm Beach FL like United Water Restoration to clean, dry and seal your basement or crawlspace today!

 

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