How to deal with a wet, leaky, damp or flooded basement in Victoria
Water is five times more likely to cause damage to a home than fire, yet most Victoria homes aren’t covered for it. While sewer backups are covered in most policies, unless you have a specific inclusion, water damage from a drain tile or cracked foundation isn’t. That means you’re on the hook for costly repairs when rain or ground water leaks into your basement.
The fact is that basement flooding is a common, and usually, preventable problem. That’s the view of insurance companies, and why you should be proactive. If the threat of property damage isn’t enough for you to take action, maybe the respiratory and immune system risks your family faces from a chronically wet basement where mold, mildew and dry rot roam freely like a gang of thugs will convince you.
The first step is to educate yourself. Too many home owners make the mistake of trusting someone else to tell them what’s going on, resulting in stop-gap approaches that don’t address the cause of the problem. Interior drainage systems, sump pumps, and painted-on sealers typically fall into this category.
Make sure you properly diagnose the problem first before you decide on a ‘solution’. For example, water on the basement floor could be coming from a leaky window well, rather than a foundation failure. Or a sewer drain backup could be caused by a clogged weeping tile, instead of a backed up city sewer line (yes, it happens).
How water gets in your basement:
Common Warning signs of water damage include:
Mold or mildewMold loves moist environments. It grows rapidly on drywall, paneling, floors, cupboards, furniture, carpet and even clothes. But keep in mind that mold could also be caused by trapped humidity and poor ventilation. Get a professional to help you track down the cause.
EfflorescenceWhen water penetrates into your foundation and dries, it leaves a white mineral deposit on the inside of your wall. This is an early warning that you’ve got too much water coming into the walls – the time for action is now.
Musty smellMany older homes have a distinctive earthy odor associated with mildew and mold growth. Look for the source of the mold, clean it (or hire a professional if it’s a big job) and search for the source of moisture or water leaks.
Wet concrete wall or floorThe most obvious sign of a problem is a damp wall or a pool of water seeping from a corner joint, hole, crack or drain. Paint will bubble, flake and fall off a masonry wall it is chronically wet, so signs of discoloration are usually symptoms of water leakage.
Cracked foundation or slabCracks can occur during the curing and settling phase of your basement foundation or floor slab. Water pressure (hydrostatic pressure) under the floor and outside the foundation can make these cracks even bigger, creating an entry point for moisture. Cracks can occur in horizontal and vertical directions, and should be dealt with promptly.
Once you identify the source of the problem call in a leaky basement repair professional like Raintek. Our trained technicians will use diagnostic tools ranging from infrared cameras to closed circuit drain cameras to hand-held moisture readers and test holes to confirm the cause of your wet basement problem. Then, and only then, will we talk to you about options to resolve the problem.
The best time to call us is when you see early warning signs of water infiltration. Before the crisis of a flood or drain backup. Scheduling regular preventative maintenance to your drainage system – both inside and outside – is a simple and cost-effective way to identify and resolve problems before they occur.
Check our website for more details on how to get help. If you have an urgent need, one of our drainage experts will be happy to answer your questions right now.
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