Surface water--everything from undiverted rainwater to leaky systems--can cause a flooded basement. (Not to mention other probable causes like overflowing rain gutters and backups in the storm or sewer water systems.)
It may not be as obvious as large sources of water like rain or pipes, but one of the biggest culprits of water seepage is the moisture-filled earth that surrounds your basement. Regardless of the material that was used when building the structure--bricks, concrete, stone--it can be susceptible to seeping water when the ground puts pressure on the walls and forces moisture through tiny cracks and joints.
A flooded basement can also be the result of something more catastrophic and quicker like a burst pipe or a heavy rain storm.
Regardless of the cause, a flooded basement presents serious structural and health risks to you and your family.
Structural damage as a result of a flooded basement is a major headache for homeowners. Not only do you have to pay to have the water removed, but you then have to deal with costly home repairs. In some instances, you may even have to replace longstanding family heirlooms, clothes, or other appliances.
A flooded basement also comes with serious health risks. Symptoms of mold are similar to other allergens and include coughing, dry eyes, fatigue, and itchy throat. Mold is a serious threat to those with a mold allergy or who have underlying illnesses like asthma as it can exacerbate those symptoms.
Standing water may also be attractive to pests and insects like mosquitos.
Additionally, standing water from a flooded basement is an electrical hazard.
A flooded basement can leave behind wet drywall and other moisture-soaked interiors that can lead to health problems or structural damage within your home. It's important to make sure that your basement is dry so that other problems do not creep up after clean-up.
Keeping your humidity balanced is easy with a whole-house high-capacity dehumidifier from AprilAire.
An AprilAire Dehumidifier provides peace of mind that your basement's excess moisture is being removed efficiently and with minimal maintenance. Monitor your home's humidity with an intuitive digital display to make sure your home's relative humidity is staying within your preferred range. If it does increase, you can quickly move to remedy an issue before it becomes a major problem like a flooded basement.
Each dehumidifier is designed and manufactured in the USA and is outfitted with corrosion-resistant coils and a sturdy design to prevent leakage. Additionally, each unit comes backed by a 5-year warranty.
A Healthy Air Waterproofing Pro from AprilAire may install a vapor barrier in your basement to keep water seepage out. The barrier covers your entire basement and provides another layer of protection against flooded basements. Even with the vapor barrier, you will still need a dehumidifier to remove any excess moisture in the air.
If you do have a flooded basement, contact an AprilAire Healthy Waterproofing Pro to help with any remediation or restoration. Contact a Healthy Waterproofing Pro today.
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