The Effect of Flooding Water on Basements

When there is water flooding into basements and crawl spaces across Virginia, how do I stop my basement from flooding? Here are some tips:

HOW DO I STOP MY BASEMENT FROM FLOODING?

flooded basement Tips

  1. Put a vent or hole in the basement wall where flooded water can flow out such as by the basement windows.
  2. Install a check valve for backup sewer.
  3. You can help prevent basement water problems by keeping your rain gutters clean, extending rain gutter downspouts and other routine maintenance.

IS A FLOODED BASEMENT COVERED BY HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE?

Unfortunately for most, the answer is “probably not.” Standard Homeowners’ insurance does not cover damage from flooding, so unless you have a specific flood insurance policy, you will have to foot the bill for any water damage from the recent rains.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REPAIR A FLOODED BASEMENT?

Basic costs to pump out and thoroughly dry a basement lightly flooded with clean water can start around $500-$1,500 and increase to $2,000-$10,000 or more, depending on the basement size and the need to repair or replace damaged items such as flooring, walls, ceilings, support beams or furnishings.

WHAT IS TYPICAL COST FOR WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION?

The average cost to clean up water damage is around $2,700 but may go as high as $7,500 for severe damage. Servpro is a full restoration service company that can remove water, mold, and other contaminants from your home.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR MOLD TO GROW ON DRYWALL?

While both publications do not specifically state that mold begins to grow in 24 to 48 hours, this is the generally accepted time frame used by water damage responders to determine when mold begins to grow. So we have the inference from the guidance documents that mold can begin to grow in 24 to 48 hours.

CAN WATER COME UP THROUGH CONCRETE BASEMENT FLOOR?

As the water table rises, the number of hydrostatic pressure increases. If there are gaps in the concrete floor (such as cracks), or where the basement floor meets the foundation wall (the cove joint or seam between the foundation and the floor slab), groundwater is forced up through them and into your basement.

HOW DO I STOP WATER FROM COMING IN MY BASEMENT?

  1. Add Gutter Extensions.
  2. Plug Gaps.
  3. Restore the Crown.
  4. Reshape the Landscape.
  5. Repair Footing Drains.
  6. Install a Curtain Drain.
  7. Pump the Water.
  8. Waterproof the Walls.
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