Floodwaters can do a lot of damage to your home, and even a small leak can do destruction.
It is not possible to keep your house dry during 5 feet of rain. And it is not possible to keep standing water out of your house. But if you can take necessary precautions and follow some tips, you can prevent drenching rain from causing expensive problems and stop smaller leaks from turning into major problems.
Remember, the most damage is caused by the water that you can’t see.
Basement leaks don’t happen all of a sudden. There are lots of early warning signs of basement leaks like musty odor or moisture in the basement, cracks on the floor or walls, white powder on your basement walls, and some type of stains on your walls.
Here some suggestions for homeowners to see, smell and deal with water damage before the floods.
- Ensure the sump pump is functioning.
- Install a generator or battery backup for the sump pump.
- Have French drains or wide trenches dug in your basement that runs over the sump pump.
- Search for early warning smells and signs of leakage.
- Ensure all gutters are cleaned and running properly away from your house.
- If you don’t have a basement, then you have to ensure the land around your house is properly graded away from the Slab-on-grade foundation.
- The cost of a sump pump runs from $2,000 to $6,000. Foundation repair can cost tens of thousands.
Heavy rainfall can cause dampness and mold in homes and affect the indoor air quality. To get rid of damp and mold and improve air quality, choose the best waterproofing company service that has been doing the business awhile.
Also get a long-term warranty on your work. You want to ensure the water damage restoration company is still in business if the flood again comes in.