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How to Protect Your Basement from Water Damage

When you think of basement flooding, you might point the finger first at Mother Nature and her heavy rains, melting snow, or more disastrous weather events. However, in-home water damage is more often caused by appliance issues, plumbing problems, or other manmade-related situations, according to the Insurance Journal. In fact, among the five most common home claims causes, non-weather-related water damage ranked second at 19 while weather-related water damage ranked fourth at 11 percent.

 

Regardless of the source, the average cost of a water damage insurance claims is nearly $7,000, and over the span of a U.S. based basement’s lifetime, 98 percent will experience some type of water damage, according to Water Damage Defense. You may not be able to stop non-weather-related water damage from occurring in your home indefinitely, but there are preventive measures to take to help safeguard your space and possessions.

Know the Water Source

Here are just a few of the ways non-weather-related water can cause damage to your basement.

Create a checklist in your home to routinely inspect and maintain water sources to stop the water damage before it begins. This is something you can do on your own, but for more a thorough approach, hire a plumbing or water mitigation professional to help assess and respond to your home’s weaknesses

Water Damage Prevention To-Do List

In addition to tending to the water source, bolster your basement to protect it from future water damage potential.

  1. Watch your water bill: Not every kind of water damage leads to wading through a pool of basement water. Some can start with a slow trickle from a leaky pipefitting. If that pipe is behind a wall, you may not notice the issue until the damage is done. However, by keeping an eye on your water bill and questioning even small unexplained rises in usage can provide a clue that a leak may be in progress.
  2. Tend to cracks: Water can get into your basement through cracks in your walls or foundation, as well as to damaged window wells. Patch and repair all cracks and fissures no matter how small they may seem.
  3. Insulate basement: Condensation on cold pipes can lead to dripping water, which can ruin drywall and flooring. Install an automatic dehumidifier system and have your basement properly insulated.
  4. Add a drain or sump pump: Especially if you house appliances in your basement, such as a washing machine, toilet, and water heater, have a drain installed and make sure it is kept clear of debris. In addition to or in place of a drain, install a sump pump to help send incoming water away from your home.
  5. Install sensors: If water does make its way in, you want to know as soon as possible. By installing water sensors, you can be alerted as soon as moisture is detected, with some sensors capable of turning off power and closing valves.

 

Roth Cleaning & Roth Construction’s Water Damage Remediation Service

Water damage from bursting pipes, sewer backups, faulty plumbing, dishwashers, washing machines – or even the water the Fire Department used to put out your fire – can cause significant damage to your home or business. Not to mention it can compromise the structural integrity of your home or commercial building.

Storms, floods, and heavy rains are also common causes of water damage, especially with homes or buildings that have leaky roofs, damaged gutters, or backed up drains.

Call 800-874-3473 and let Roth Construction handle your home and commercial building’s water damage remediation service from plumbing hoses, leaky pipes, washing machines, dishwashers, burst pipes, flooded basement – or even the emergency fire and water restoration – can cause significant damage to your home or business. Roth Construction provides emergency water damage remediation services to prevent further damage.

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