Going away on vacation this summer? Making sure your home is protected from flooding while you’re gone could help you relax a little more while you’re away.
When most people think of damage to their home, they think of kitchen fires or old, leaning trees falling. Both of these disasters are entirely preventable, able to be anticipated, and due at least in part to human error. Then there are earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes, which are limited significantly by geography. But what most people may not readily think of is flooding and water damage.
Realize It Could Happen To You
Unlike forest fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes, floods and flash floods can happen virtually any time of the year, and in almost any location. All there needs to be is more precipitation or runoff than the ground or riverbed can handle. Forces like sprawl, erosion, dams and changes to waterways, and the ever-increasing depletion of the environment all contribute to the likelihood of a flood occurring. And from the late 80s to the late 90s, the total number of floods and flash floods each year increased by tenfold. Every year, tens of thousands of Americans are forced from their homes. It pays to realize that could happen to each one of us.
Big floods cause billions of dollars in property damage every year. But what’s even creepier is that water doesn’t have to wait for a flood to barge into your home—it might even be causing damage right now through a small leak, sagging wall or roof, mold build-up, or a drainage issue near your basement door. You might not even know it’s happening.
Don’t Underestimate the Damage Potential
If a tree falls on your deck or a storm cracks a window, that’s bad, but limited in scope. Think of the damage that could happen to your possessions in your basement without basement waterproofing and preventive measures? Many people improve the value of their home by finishing the basement with carpeting and furniture. Most people use their basement at least in part for storage of some sort. Important files, family photos, maybe you’re not even sure what else is down there. Plus there key appliances and the boiler to consider.
Recognize the Risk & Take Preventive Action
Like many Americans, your basement may get damp and moldy from time to time, and that might be ok. But if left untreated, mold can spread to be a health problem, water can cause structural damage, and small leaks can turn into big problems. Drainage issues in your yard can turn nice lawn into a swamp. If you’re predisposed for flooding with your property near a water source, bottom of a hill, or your basement door below the water line, you should make sure to contact a professional basement waterproofing technician.
We can help protect your home from unwanted water and to help ensure the safety of your belongings.
Contact Basement Waterproofing Technologies for an estimate and site visit today. It’s the smart move, and will give you the peace of mind to enjoy your summer even more.