How to Prevent Basement Water Damage

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You finally bought your first home, a quaint little single family home nestled near the edge of a valley overlooking fields and the stream that runs through the bottom of it. You moved all of your things in and enjoy a bunch of firsts. The first time you cook a meal in your new kitchen, the first time you mow the lawn, the first time you have guests over, and in one particular case, the first time your basement floods after a huge storm. You had hopes of finishing it and making it an extra living space (and increasing the value of the home altogether) but now you’re up to your knees in muddy water.

Basements are the areas in a house that are most prone to leaks, but there are a few things you can do to keep your basement from flooding and protect your things. You should clear any pooling water away from your home, especially during periods of the year that experience a lot of rain. You should make sure before high rain or melting that you fix basement leaks to help keep water out. If you only use the basement for storage and but your basement leaks when it rains, you should put your belongings on risers or high tables to keep them from getting damaged.

You should make efforts to stop basement leaks. Water in the basement can not only cause damage to your home and your belongings, but it can also cause mold which can be detrimental to your health and that of your family. You should hire a professional to inspect and fix basement leaks, and consult them about exterior and interior basement waterproofing to see what might be right for you. References.

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