There is nothing like walking into your basement to look for some needed item, only to find puddles of water. During the spring, when Mother Nature is busy unleashing buckets of water over New England, we get lots of calls about wet basements — not to mention other leaky locations in the home. Whether your basement is flooded or you have a bedroom with water damage due to a leaky roof, it’s imperative that the cause of the incoming water is discovered and stopped, and that it is cleaned up as quickly as possible.
Why and how basements flood
There are a variety of reasons that basements end up flooded; in some cases, it’s due to surface water coming down the walls of the home’s foundation. In others, water that’s in the soil is essentially pushed into the home. The septic system can also be to blame; sewer water can back up into the home’s drain, which causes it to leak out into the house.
In the case of water entering the basement through the foundation, there are several factors that can lead to this problem. For example, gutters can easily become blocked with leaves or there might not be enough of them for the size of the home. In some cases, the gutters are fine but they don’t extend far enough from the house and the water ends up running back down the foundation. A hill that slopes towards the house might also encourage water to run into the basement, as well as faulty irrigation systems.
How flooded basements lead to health issues
A flooded basement will do more than ruin your stacked up boxes of belongings; left untreated, the wet environment can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which can cause health problems for the people and even pets in the home. Symptoms include headache, breathing issues and coughing, and people with pre-existing conditions like asthma tend to be even more negatively impacted by mold.
The importance of remediation
Once the source of the leak has been identified, it is vital that homeowners take steps to have it repaired. Water that continues to come in over time can cause extensive damage to the walls and floors and ceilings of the home. At New England Remediation Services LLC, we have the skills to help pinpoint the source of the water damage, and restoring the affected area back to its original condition. Even homes that have suffered extensive structural damage due to ongoing water issues can be helped by our experienced and knowledgeable team.