The True Cost of a Flooded Basement

How Much Damage Does Basement Flooding Really Cause?

Basement flooding is common in the NJ, PA, and DE areas. 

Most homes in the area were built on soil that is loaded with clay. The dirt used to fill in the trench between your basement walls and the ground around your home is also clay heavy. 

Clay has extremely poor drainage. When it rains, snows, or you over-water your yard, the water doesn’t filter though your soil. 

Yard drains to prevent flooding

This trench shows just how much water can collect just under the surface in your yard, leading to an unhealthy situation for your backyard and potential flooding in your basement.

Instead of draining, it makes the ground around your home swell, which puts pressure on the walls and floor of your basement. 

  • Cracks form, water gets in, your basement floods. 


Flooded Basement Damages

When your basement floods, especially if it floods frequently, you’re looking at a few types of damage to your home:

Foundation Problems

Cracks in your basement walls and floor weaken your home’s foundation. 

Cracks usually start on the outside of your basement walls (the part of your foundation that you can’t see because it’s under ground. 

Step Foundation Crack

Step Crack in the Foundation

Water pushes it’s way through these cracks, then settles in the bottom of your cellar walls. 

This water is highly acidic and eats away at the structural strength of your foundation. 

Cracks then form on the inside of your cellar walls. That’s when flooding happens. 

Organic Destruction

Water destroys anything stored in your basement:

  • Woman standing in flooded basementFurniture
  • Clothing
  • Boxes, especially cardboard
  • Picture albums
  • Electronics such as TVs, radios, computers
  • Wood, drywall, carpets
  • Flooring

Basically, anything you have stored in your basement (or crawl space) can be destroyed by flooding.

Even if the problems doesn’t get quite as bad as it did for the woman in the picture, your stuff is still at risk. It only takes a little water in your basement cause damage.

Dampness ruins electronics, furniture, clothing, walls and flooring.


Health Dangers

Flooded basements cause mold infestation. 

Mold is extremely dangerous to your family’s health. If you use the basement as a living area, entertainment area, or if your pets or children spend any time in your cellar, they are at risk for health damages such as:

  • Allergy-like symptoms
  • Asthma 
  • Skin rashes
  • Respiratory problems
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Chronic cough

Even if your basement is only used for storage, much of the air in your home cycles through your cellar every day. This means your family is breathing in those mold spores every single day. 


What to Do If Your Basement Floods

First, if you are able to access your home’s main power source outside of the basement, shutting off the main fuse is a good idea. Flooding leads to electrocution and electrical damage risks.

You’ll need to dry your basement.

This is not a DIY job, especially if the flooding is significant.

  • Call us at 800-700-917, and we’ll help you dry your basement, then waterproof so that your basement stops flooding. If there is foundation damage, we can help you with that, too.

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