Well, that sure is enough of this “snow” nonsense. Who does it think it is, still sticking around and making everything wet?! It doesn’t seem like the ground will ever stop being squishy and muddy. Last week we wrote about potential causes of water damage as a result of the blizzard, and this week we continue our “Where’s My Water Damage” series with this installment on — drumroll please — basements. With all the snow melt seeping into the ground, basement foundations are susceptible to much more water pressure than normal, which can cause leakage. However, lots of snow melting isn’t the only source of basement damage. We’ll outline this and more below.
Outside Water Build-Up = Basement Damage
As water builds up in the ground outside your foundation and retaining walls, it increases hydrostatic pressure. As hydrostatic pressure builds, the concrete walls become more susceptible to cracking or leaking. If the water finds a weak spot in the concrete, your basement becomes a new home for all of that melting snow.
Sump Pump Failure
If your home is equipped with a sump pump, that means it’s in a position where it needs help with groundwater removal. When working properly, sump pumps will whisk water away from your foundation, but when something goes awry, you’ve got a basement damage problem on your hands.
Drainage or Sewer Backup
Even in dry weather, a clog in your home’s drainage system can end up sending water back up into your house, likely into the basement since it’s the lowest down and closest to all the drainage pipes. Anything from penetrating tree roots to simple degradation of materials can cause this not-so-pleasant water damage.
These are only a few potential sources of basement water damage, meaning that list is by no means exhaustive. If you can’t immediately identify the source of your problem, call ServiceMaster of Baltimore to come find and fix it in a hurry.
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Hopefully you have found our blog, “The Link between Snow and Water Damage,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful tips.