For the most part, no homeowner wants water damage. Grady Property Restoration in this case receives phone calls for flooded basements after heavy rains regularly. Basement water damage needs professional attention, with this in mind, Grady Property Restoration can help.
Basement Water Damage | Finding the source
If rain still persists when a Grady Property Restoration technician is on-site following water extraction, they should see obvious signs of water intrusion. Intrusion can come from many areas within a basement.
Sump Pump Failure
- Stuck Switch
The most common mechanical problem that cause sump pumps to fail is the float switch. When the float switch becomes stuck water will fills up the pump. As a result, water rises above the pump, leading to basement water damage.
- Power Failure
For example: bad weather storms interfering with power lines can lead to sump pump failures. Though the power is out, rain water can continuously fill sump pumps up leading to basement water damage backups. Also, breakers can trip without a bad storm leading to a sump pump failure. As a result, it is a good idea to have an alarm on your pump to alert you in the event of a tripped breaker.
- Overwhelmed Pumps
Rain storms can be so heavy that an influx of water can overwhelm your sump pump. Choose a sump pump fitting the needs of common rain storms. When selecting a sump pump, you need to look at sizes of sump pumps and their motor horsepower. In short, choosing the correct sump pump can prevent basement water damage.
Frozen Sump Pump Line
- Discharge Pipe Failure
Discharge pipe failures occur when water becomes frozen or debris clogs the pipe. When this happens, water ejecting from the pump will have no place to go except for returning back to the pump causing basement water damage. A good idea to prevent water backing up in this scenario is to run a specialty discharge line as a backup, which will allow water to exit your basement when the main discharge line fails.
Sump Pump Age
- Wear and tear
Years of wear and tear incidentally cause sump pumps to fail. Sump pumps for instance, 10 years or older may show signs that they are beginning to fail causing basement water damage.
Basement Water Damage | Hydro-static Pressure
Hydro-static pressure refers to water pressure and this pressure is a major cause of basement water damage. Water weighs a little over 60lbs. Per cubic foot. That means there could be tens of thousands of pounds of water exerting pressure against your foundation walls. With that force, water can find its way in small cracks of the foundation.
- How to relieve hydro-static pressure
Interior waterproofing systems are among the most cost effective ways you can relieve hydro-static pressure from a basement with water damage. Interior drainage systems or interior french drainage systems catch water near the foundation wall under the foundation slab. This water diverts back to sump pumps which eject rain water out of the house.
Basement Water Damage Process
When you call Grady Property Restoration (800) 773-1658 one of our friendly staff members will answer your call 24/7. We may ask questions, such as how many rooms affected, is the water damaged basement finished or unfinished, has the source of water been stopped or is water actively coming in etc. We then create a file in our CRM which is exclusive to you particularly. Technicians will already have your contact info, notes on what the initial staff member wrote, when you made the call and have access to other details needed before responding. This streamlined process makes for a faster response time, better preparedness and clearer communication.
Water extraction | Water Removal
Removing bulk water is the fastest way to get your basement water damage dealt with. Industrial pumps, truck mounted water extractors and portable water extractors remove water off the ground. Extracting water using this method can remove 80-90% of water from your basement. The rest of the water remaining in your basement needs removal with powerful restoration equipment to ensure your basement is dry.
Water Damaged Materials
Some building materials may need removal. Flood water coming from outside of the home into your basement can lead to contamination. The International Institute of Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC) categorizes water in different ways. Flood water, a category 3, potentially carries pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and pathogens which could harm you and your family. Exercise caution when dealing with basement water damage. It is common to flood cut walls 2 feet, remove wet insulation, baseboards and flooring when dealing with flood water. Cleaning and sanitizing vertical and horizontal surfaces are highly recommended after flood damage. Technicians clean surfaces completely before using powerful restoration equipment is critical to prevent cross contamination.
Drying | Dehumidifying
After completion of controlled demolition, cleaning, preparation, restoration equipment expedites drying basement water damage. Our smallest dehumidifiers are typically twice as powerful than your average basement dehumidifier. Air movers promote evaporation lifting water molecules from wet materials. Air scrubbers filter out undesired particulates in the air promoting cleaner air.
Get Help With Your Basement Water Damage
The longer you wait, basement water damage becomes more expensive. Building materials subsequently become more damaged and contents can become permanently damaged as well. Mold as a result grows which requires both mitigation to dry the structure and mold remediation to remove mold.
If your basement has water damage with mold growing afterward, take a look at our mold remediation service.