Water Damage from the Elements

by SVW on March 29, 2012

We can’t prevent the elements. All we can do is be prepared for them. If your basement or home is flooded or moisture is seeping in, you have to act quickly to salvage anything you can. Water damage can ruin almost anything if it’s left for too long in it. Wood will begin to rot and steel will rust. Electrical appliances will likely need to be replaced or repaired if left in standing water. Whatever you do, do not turn on damaged electrical appliances. The electrical parts could still be wet on the inside and could sequentially result in electrical shock, overheating, or possibly a fire.

If your home is located in a geographically low-lying area or you are near a body of water that is known for flooding. waterproofing your home is essential. For many, waterproofing your basement is sufficient in protecting against water or moisture. If you live in an area where a pond, lake, or river floods into your home occasionally or has the risk of overflowing it is absolutely essential to invest in basement waterproofing. That beautiful lake isn’t so beautiful when it’s in your basement.

Not all basement water damage is caused by a flood. Water damage can occur as a result of other outside elements like rainfall, humidity, melting snow, and sometimes irrigation on the surface. It’s true, the basement is the first part of the home to suffer water damage during a flood or other natural occurrence. Investing in basement waterproofing will help prevent damage to the interior and exterior of your home.

Waterproofing Your Basement

Heavy rainfall can soak into the ground around your basement and cause moisture to build up on the surface of your walls. You have a problem when water creeps into your basement and affects the foundation of your home. If your walls are swelling and the paint and drywall is starting to break off or crumple then you know you have basement waterproofing problems. The water is getting in and it shouldn’t be. A good basement waterproofing job can reverse this damage and prevent future occurrences. You can check for signs of water damage, but the best thing to do is to prevent the damage from ever happening.

Have a professional come and evaluate your basements foundation. A contractor will be able to keep water out of your basement. Just make sure you choose an experienced contractor to do your basement waterproofing. A good contractor will utilize the latest technology and methods in waterproofing your basement and keep your basement protected through unexpected adversities.

For more information on this home improvement topic, such as mold remediation view some of our other My Home Improvement blogs.

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