Common Causes of Basement Water Damage


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A wet basement can be a nightmare for homeowners. Water can sneak in without a sound and do extensive damage before it is even discovered. It’s important to be aware of the ways that water can find its way into your basement in order to prevent possible damage and be alert to warning signs. Here are some common causes of basement water damage.

Risky Location

Some buildings are always going to be at risk for basement flooding due to their location. Proximity to a body of water, especially a river or creek that is prone to flooding, increases the risk of water in the basement. In addition, a building that is built at a lower elevation than surrounding areas can be subject to water flowing downhill and accumulating around it (and potentially in it).

Poor Drainage

The drainage system around a home can do a lot to prevent water getting into a basement. Before a house or building is constructed, the builders should make sure that proper sloping and grading techniques are used to prepare the ground around the structure. If it isn’t, water in the basement could be a reoccurring issue.

Damaged or Clogged Gutters or Downspouts

The first two causes are mostly beyond the control of a homeowner, but you can make sure your gutters and downspouts are in good working condition. Having gutters or downspouts that are damaged or clogged can result in water pooling around the perimeter of your home or building and potentially seeping into your basement.

Cracked Foundation or Walls

As you can imagine, another vulnerability that may result in a wet basement is a cracked foundation or walls. This can be caused by the natural settling of ground around your home and may be aggravated by the freezing and thawing that occurs with the seasons.

Broken or Leaky Pipes

The causes already discussed deal with water coming in from the outside. However, basement water can also come from within the house. Pipes can break or leak, causing an outflow of water into the basement. This may be sudden and dramatic or it could be slow and ongoing. Either way, you will want to find the leak quickly and have it fixed before more damage is done.

Septic Backups

Finally, septic backups can also cause basement water damage. In the case of septic malfunctions, the damage done by water is compounded by the hazardous substances in the water. These kinds of accidents require extreme care in clean-up and restoration.

No matter the cause, Moore Restoration has the remedy for your basement water damage. We offer complete water restoration services achieved with diligence and thoroughness. Our team of experts will restore your wet or flooded basement as well as assist with water-damaged contents. Call us for immediate service at (866) 484-3322.