Has heavy rainfall lately cause you to be a victim of a wet basement? Whether it just be dampness or or even flooding, improper surface drainage is a common cause of basement leakage.
Your yard being sloped toward your home is one reason why the surface of your property is not draining correctly. This can be easily alleviated by re-grading your yard to slope away from your homes foundation. This diverts the surface water around the house.
Your rain gutter downspouts could also be poorly positioned, missing, or clogged. Or you could have a high water table problem. This occurs when the home is built too deeply in the ground, where water is consistently present throughout the year. Periods of high rainfall or underground springs cause the water table to rise during rainy seasons.
First and foremost, you should try to determine if your problem is water leaking or condensation forming on the cool surfaces. Condensation occurs when the warm, humid air comes into contact with cooler basement walls, floors, and also pipes.
Prevention is always the best approach when preventing your basement from getting wet. A professional basement waterproofing contractor can offer you a variety of solutions.
For more information about the causes of Wet Basements and Tips for Prevention, visit:
Having mold issues? The problem may stem from excessive moisture in your home that’s been around for an extended period of time.
You can tell that you have a mold problem if you see visible growth on your painted walls. What may be growing on the wall’s opposite side is also a big concern, especially if a wall has been wet for a long period of time. Mold can originate from a burst pipe, large liquid spill that goes untreated, or leaky roofs and plumbing issues.
Want to do something about your mold issues?
The best way to solve your on-going mold problems is to have your home evaluated and removed by a certified professional.
These professionals can identify the sources of moisture, contain the damaged caused by the mold, remove the mold, and ensure the mold will not return.
For more information about Mold Remediation, visit: http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/mold-remediation/
Your home owners insurance may not cover your property that has been damaged in a flood. You may require additional insurance and not even know it. The state of New Jersey defines a flood as any of the following:
i. The overflow of inland or tidal waters;
ii. The unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source;
iii. Mudslides (that is, mudflows) that are proximately caused by flooding and are akin to a river of liquid and flowing mud on the surfaces of normally dry land areas, including your premises, as when earth is carried by a current of water and deposited along the path of the current;
To learn more about about NJ State laws regarding flood damage and insurance policies please read this article:
Notice Regarding Flood Damage Coverage – N.J.A.C. 11:1-5.5