Saturday, February 15, 2014

Snow & Ice Melt Causing Flooded Basements Throughout the Northeast.

Snow & Ice Melt Causing Flooded Basements Throughout the Northeast.

Steps you can take to protect yourself now:



1) Make sure to remove all snow around basement windows. Sand bagging in front of doors and windows where water is likely to come in.



2) Purchase a "floor sucker" pump that you could connect a garden hose and pump water off the floor down to an 1/8". There is no need to break the floor with this type of pump.



3) If you have a sump pump - NOW is the time to test it and make sure it is clean and ready to go. You may want to install battery back up protection to your electrical pump or install a 2nd sump pump that will operate on 12 vt battery power.



4) Make sure to seal up any basement wall cracks - these are known to cause unwanted ground water into your basement. Purchase DIY Foundation Crack Repair Kits




5) A five gallon wet-dry shop vac is great item to have to remove small amount of water if it happens to come in, however be careful that you don't hurt yourself by emptying the water out of the shop vac. Water weigh about 8 pounds per gallon. Some people will empty the shop vac by using a small pump like a floor sucker to pump the water outside away from the foundation.



6) If you are experiencing basement flooding - there are expertly trained contractors throughout the USA and Canada who can help you solve a flooded basement and design a system to help you so you won't have to deal with flood again.  See Flooded Basement Contractors


14 comments:

Brad Wike said...

Being located under the house, basements are prone to leaks and flooding. Melting snow is a prime cause, as well as heavy rains to basement flooding. The good thing is that there are experts willing to give a helping hand in dealing with such restoration concerns.

Brad Wike

bryan flake said...

I live in Fort Collins, CO and my basement is starting to flood with the snow runoff. What is the best course of action to get the water and moisture out of my basement? Do I need to call in the professionals? If so, who do I call in the Fort Collins area?

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Luke Johnson said...

When I was growing up, my basement always flooded when it rained. There as a crack in our back patio that led directly into our window well at the base. It was impossible to prevent our window well from taking water in because something had punctured a hole in the metal. We always had to pump the water out of the window well before it entered the house. Those water pumps saved us time and time again.

Luke | http://www.advancedpumps.com.au

Lysanne Wengler said...

Water Damage and Restoration Services are very essential to avoid certain problems due to damages that it will cause in the future. For such emergency situations contact National Water Damage Company

Ansel Marvin said...

Great blog. And thank you for the simple tips. Snow can stick around for a long time, so waterproofing is very important. Thanks

Ansel Marvin | Primal Contracting

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Claudia Rosenburg said...

I never would have thought to shovel the snow away from basement windows and put sandbags in front of them. We haven't ever had problems with flooding in the past, but it's always better to be prepared and waterproof our basement than deal with the aftermath of a flood.
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Smith Grace said...

Good job done, thank you for sharing this post. never thought that snow ice would create such issue in your basement. But to avoid such issues you can avail basement waterproofing service from ACCL Waterproofing Company.

Pavlos Lombardi said...

Usually in the winter my basement gets some pretty bad floods. We get really bad snow up where I come from so I've gotten pretty used to it. Although, there's a few tips on this post that I never really thought of. I'm defiantly going to try them out next time we get a bad flood. Hopefully it works out alright.
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Sammantha Butler said...

Thank you for the informative blog and to share it. It's tough to keep dry the basement at the time of snow fall , because it may cause to basement floodand damage the basement.

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Ken said...

I know that I can make it if I had to in a massive tsunami or tidal wave if it hit the east coast. http://survivingtheaftermath.com/index.php/disaster-survival-guide/48-could-a-tsunami-hit-the-east-coast-united-states

Paul Leach said...

Frozen ice melting time is the time when you need to take care of water and moisture in your basement. Leaks or poor drainage can increase water and moisture in your basement, if overlooked, it could cause flooding or grow mold and create serious damage.
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Nioni said...

Good Job..!!! Thank you for sharing this helpful information with us... Flooded basement through Snow ice melting is the major problem in NorthEast Area... Hope these steps are helpful for them....

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