Basement Flood Cleanup Tips
Have recent rains left damp carpet and a funky smell in your Long Island basement? Did you recently return from vacation to discover a basement flood from a pipe that burst while you were gone? Is high humidity in your downstairs dwelling starting to peel paint off your walls or ceiling in your basement? If you answered yes to any of these questions, pick up the phone now and call our team at G-Tech Restoration.
You are not alone in dealing with water or moisture in your basement. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that nearly 60 percent of homeowners experience issues with water in their basement, and a number of different things could be the culprit.
1. Rain and Storm Water ? The primary cause of water in a home?s basement is due to rain and storm water. When it rains, water can accumulate near the home?s foundation and seep into the basement through the foundation and leaky window wells. If you notice that the only time you have water in your basement is after it rains, this could be the cause of your issues. As a homeowner, there are a number of steps that you can take to decrease the chances of water getting in your basement. These include cleaning your gutters, adding extenders to the bottom of your guttering, repairing or replacing leaking window wells and adding dirt around your foundation that slopes so water moves away from your house. At the same time you make these changes to prevent future water from getting in, it?s also important to reach out to a water cleanup and restoration company. This will ensure everything inside is fixed and corrected now that you have fixed the outside.
2. Excessive Humidity ? Humidity is another way that water gets into your basement. Humidity can seep in from the outside air through cracks in the foundation, unsealed space around vents or pipes and leaky windows. Poorly ventilated bathrooms in the basement can also cause humidity built up if they are frequently used for showers and baths. Mold and mildew begins to form in your basement when the humidity level gets to 80 percent or higher. You can reduce the humidity in your basement by sealing off any avenues for outside air to get into your home, adding proper ventilation to basement bathrooms and using a dehumidifier. If built-up humidity has been a long-term issue in your basement, a restoration team, such as G-Tech restoration, can help get the humidity removed from your basement and resolve any additional problems it may have created, such as mold.
3. Ground Water ? Water seeping through the basement foundation floor is another main way water can get In and cause problems. This can occur if the basement is located in an area where the water table is naturally high. It can also occur when rain saturates the ground and causes the water table to rise. In these instances, the water finds tiny, little cracks in the foundation and pushes through. This type of water in the basement can be more difficult to diagnose since there?s often no obvious point of entry. It often causes frustration for homeowners as they don?t understand what?s causing the water in their basement. At G-Tech Restoration, we can help you identify how water is getting in your home and start you on the path to fixing the long-term issue.
4. Frozen or Leaking Pipes ? Frozen pipes that burst are a common cause of water in basements during winter months. Basements are naturally cooler than other levels of the home, and heating sources don?t always provide adequate heat to the basement. When pipes become frozen, the water inside turns to ice and expands which in turn causes the pipe to crack or break. As the ice turns back into water, the pipe begins to drip or leak water.
5. Clogged Floor Drain ? At least one room in the basement typically has some type of floor drain that allows water to drain out, and this can become clogged resulting in water in your basement. At least one or more of your home appliances, such as your washing machine, air conditioner or water heater will be set up to use this drain as a backup if necessary. Since it isn?t commonly used, homeowners can often forget about these drains. They can be clogged when something occurs that causes the washing machine, water heater or other appliance to try to empty its water into this drain.
6. Sump Pump Failure ? Many basements have sump pumps that help to prevent water from getting into the basement, especially in areas where the water table is high as the sump pump pulls the water out of the ground and pumps it out away from the house. This prevents it from seeping into the basement through the foundation. Sump pumps are great when they work, but they are powered via an electrical motor that can fail when the power goes out. Homes without a battery backup to power the sump pump during an outage may experience water in the basement and need help getting it removed. While you may think you can handle the water removal from a basement floor, we recommend calling in the experts from our company, G-Tech Restoration on Long Island.
When dealing with water in your basement, time is of the essence. Basements make ideal locations for mold to grow due to their temperature and lack of light. Once dangerous mold begins to grow, it can be extremely difficult to get rid of and can cause health problems for you and others exposed to it. G-Tech Restoration can quickly respond to your Suffolk County or Nassau County home in the event of a basement flood and immediately get started on water removal and flood cleanup.
You may think water in your basement is a problem you can tackle yourself. All you need to do is remove the water and allow it to dry out. While it sounds simple enough, it has to happen as quickly as possible before mold or other issues occur. Most homeowners don?t have the equipment, manpower or expertise to effectively complete flood cleanup and restoration in their basement before mold sets in.
A professional restoration team, such as G-Tech Restoration on Long Island, has the staff and equipment needed to deploy immediately in your basement. Heavy-duty vacuums will help to suck up any standing water while restoration experts will remove items such as carpet or drywall that retain moisture. Industrial fans are also a key part of the process as they help to circulate massive amounts of air in your basement, which speeds up the drying process.
Another crucial step of the water damage restoration process is to contact your insurance company to determine if you can file a claim on your homeowner?s insurance. Depending exactly on what has happened and what coverage options you have in your policy, your insurance company may pick up the tab for the water removal and restoration costs.
When your insurance company is paying for the damage to your basement, it?s important that you select a professional restoration company, such as G-Tech Restoration. Insurance companies expect damages to be completely rectified during the initial restoration, so they only have to pay for it once. They may be hesitant to pay a claim or flat out deny the claim if you file for additional monetary damages from the initial basement flood or incident. You could be out on your own for the cost of mold removal or additional water damage if you don?t manage to get all of it cleaned up and removed from your basement initially. This can happen if you are unskilled and inexperienced in water cleanup and restoration, which is why it?s recommended that you give our team at G-Tech Restoration a call.
You can call G-Tech Restoration now as we have a team on standby that can respond immediately. Serving both Suffolk County and Nassau County, our company offers 24/7 emergency service that can have someone at your door within minutes of making the call. We can quickly assess the extent of the damage and provide a free estimate on what it will cost to restore your basement to its original condition. We are licensed and insured, and we are ready to help you today!