What Are the Causes of Basement Flooding?

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What Are the Causes of Basement Flooding?
Basement flooding can damage stored items and appliances. (flood image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

Basements can flood for any number of reasons. It's important to find out the cause of your basement flooding problems so you can do repair work and safeguard your home from further damage. There are several situations in and around your home that can lead to flooding, and that, if fixed, can deter future problems. Do not delay. You will want to remedy this situation before mould becomes an issue.

Downspouts, Gutters, and Poor Roof Drainage

Improperly installed downspouts and gutters, and poor roof drainage are a few of the most common causes of basement flooding. If you notice water seeping in from the area where you have a downspout, for example, you will want to adjust that spout so that it turns away from the house.

Elevation and Location of the House

The house's location is another factor in basement flooding. Houses at the bottom of a hill, or those below the base flood elevation will be prone to basement flooding, particularly during rainy seasons. One solution for this is to get a lift pump installed in the yard, or a sump pump for the basement.

Groundwater Drainage

Poor groundwater drainage is another issue that may lead to a wet basement. You may have soil that's not well aerated, underground drains that are blocked by roots or clogged, or even have an adjacent lawn that's causing the excess. To remedy this, you'll need to determine the cause.

Plumbing and Sewer Problems

Ruptured water, sewer, or plumbing lines can cause flooding in your basement, as can a foundation that's cracked. For the latter, repair the obvious flaws and apply a coat of concrete sealant to decrease dampness.

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