If you own a home with a basement, you may have already experienced basement flooding. There are multiple reasons why a basement can flood and many of them can be prevented. Do you know if you are at risk for basement flooding? Learn what the biggest cause of basement flooding is and see if your home is in jeopardy of water damage.

Being at the lowest level of the house, the basement already has its disadvantages when it comes to the potential for flooding in Union City. Most basements are constructed either partly, or completely underground. This gives water leverage for migrating into the basement with gravity’s natural downward pull.

Instigators of basement flooding:

• Surface water sources
• Sewer issues or backup
• Storm related problems

Wet weather months:

Among these issues, they can all happen at any given time of year; however, wet weather months tend to be the biggest time of year and cause of more basement flooding incidents. The reason behind this is the obvious rain and storms that bring more water to an area where water already exists around the basement from sanitary pipes and sewage, underground water sources and water accumulating in downspouts and eaves.

Cracks and crevices around the foundation of the home, the roof, sump pumps and poorly sealed windows all leave your basement vulnerable for flooding. If your home already suffers from a poorly graded lot, drainage issues can quickly mount and lead to water accumulating where it shouldn’t be.

Problems you can fix to help prevent wet month basement flooding:

• Sanitation:

Your sanitation system and sewer system typically deteriorates as it ages. Reasons such as natural erosion of the land over time, trees and tree roots growing can penetrate the system and cause disruption and destruction of the sewage lines. Keeping up with your tree roots and filling in areas of your land that have eroded over time can help prevent the potential for sewage flooding.

• Foundation cracks and crevices:

Regular inspections for foundation cracks and crevices should be done. Repairing any cracks and crevices immediately prevents them from getting larger and out of control where it can become a more costly problem is key. Sealing cracks is especially crucial for the wet months where heavy rains or melting snow can easily seep into your basement.

• Caulk and seal windows:

An easy portal for water is through poorly sealed windows. Rainy and snowy seasons are the perfect time of year for the elements to find their way into your basement wherever there is invitation, such as around windows.

A yearly check of all your windows to re-caulk and seal them is an important step in preventing basement flooding. You can get a heavy-duty window sealant at any home improvement store.

• Roofs and eaves:

Keeping your roof in top condition means inspecting it for any damage due to weather, missing shingles and that the eaves are free of dirt and debris, fallen tree limbs or other obstructive elements.

Damaged and deteriorating roofs are a main source of water damage to your home. Roofs should be replaced approximately every 10 – 12 years and require regular maintenance in between in order to protect your home from water damage.