The Dangers of A Flooded Basement

California has for many years been dealing with droughts that year after year seem to be expected.  This year’s flooding across the Northwest has come with many unexpected surprises.  Flooding across the Northwest has affected many families, businesses, and public places. Floods are natural disasters that affect many people and cost the lives of many others.  The financial repercussion of flooding in the United States cost about $3.5 billion a year, and causes 128 deaths, reaching a maximum of 554 lives lost in 1972.

Flooding across many homes is expected.  The dangers lurking in your basement are real and you should take all precautions before you start.  Death by electrocution is a very serious matter when you are dealing with a flooded basement. If you are not sure what steps to take before  entering a flooded basement, call an expert electrician to help you.

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When Nature Attacks: Tree Roots, Earth, and Ground Water Damage

Ah, trees, Earth, and water. Our Pacific Northwest home wouldn’t be what it is without them. Green, fragrant, and oh so scenic, we all love our luscious tree friends. Of course, the earth is what we’re all here for. Mountains and hills, all rolling into scenic shores. Take one look at an aerial shot of Seattle, and you’ll see, the city’s geography is completely shaped by bodies of water. From Elliot Bay to Lake Washington to the Duwamish River, Seattle is a city defined, and complimented by its waterways. Not to mention all the rain. All of this foliage, land, and moisture, as lovely as it is, can wreak havoc on your home! Tree roots, Earth and ground water can cause serious and costly damage to your home and property. Get prepared, so you’re not caught off guard when nature attacks!

Tree Root Damage

As beautiful as they are, trees can cause some serious damage to pipes. Powerful and versatile, tree roots seek water and they will stop at next to nothing, pipes included, to get it.


Man electrocuted in flood-prone basement

A tradesman who was electrocuted on Brisbane’s southside on Monday morning is understood to have been working in a basement prone to flooding when he was killed.The man was working underneath a rented commercial kitchen at Annerley but had not been contracted by the catering company, Zen Catering.

The basement is accessed through a neighbouring property.

“It is understood a tradesman engaged by the property’s landlord was working in the basement, which is prone to flooding, when the incident occurred,” Zen Catering’s director Steve Morris said in a statement.

Police and Energex workers were at the Palmerston Street site earlier on Monday and Workplace Health and Safety officers will investigate.


Water run-off causes flooding in Spokane homes

SPOKANE, Wash. – If you live near a stream or river, flooding is probably something you’ve had to deal with before. But now, this winter is bringing unwelcome water to places you might not expect.

On the upper South Hill, something hidden beneath the soil is triggering urban flooding as well.

The homes and businesses around 57th and Regal sit on depressions in the ground called “Basalt Saucers.” When we have this much rain and snowmelt, the saucers fill up like this swale and end up in people’s basements because it can’t drain through the solid rock up here.

Out in the Spokane Valley, a different problem occurs where water can’t percolate through a bullet proof layer of ice. Up until now, only sunlight poured through Pam and Jeff Miller’s window wells in their basement. But on Thursday, it was something else.

“I came downstairs and as soon as I stepped on the carpet, water went up and over my shoe,” said Jeff Miller.
That’s when the Miller’s tasked their seven children with finding and stopping the leak.

“It was clear it was coming from the yard,” said Pam Miller, “because there was just a sheet of ice and the rain was coming down, hitting the ice, and then running off under the deck and into the window well downstairs.”


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Basement Waterproofing Problems and what to do about Them

stock-photo-4258890-interior-abstractSpring for Northeast Ohio has finally arrived.  The days are longer and the sun is brighter.  Snow has gone and now is the chance for you to go and check your basement and see if you have any water or damp walls damage that snow left behind.  Even though basement waterproofing can be done during the winter months, many homeowners wait till the spring to make major repairs to their home, including finishing a basement or fixing any leaks or issues they might have.  With the huge accumulation of snow we had this year, if you have any seepage that got into your basement, you will be able to see the damage or the problem to fix.  Water damage can be a serious problem if left unattended, we at Pioneer Basement Solutions have a long history in the area, and have a long list of satisfied customers.  Call us and see what we can do for you.


Top 5 Basement Waterproofing Problems

With spring right around the corner and the potential for all that melting snow to find its way into your basement, it’s time to do a serious evaluation. Protecting your family and belongings from catastrophic loss due to basement flooding can be as simple as knowing what to look for. There are a few common problem areas that you can check and take corrective action before major disaster strikes. Fortunately, the waterproofing professionals at Royal Work Corp. can provide both the knowledge and the skills needed to help you avoid costly repairs. The time you spend now can save you thousands of dollars later.

1. Foundation wall cracks

Cracks can be caused by natural foundation settling and may start out small. Winter can wreak havoc with freezes and thaws to expand those cracks sufficiently to allow water penetration. In addition, groundwater causes hydrostatic pressure that can lead to cracking or gaps. Small or large, cracks that show discoloration or have water leaking through them should be checked out immediately by a professional. There are several courses of action that can be taken to prevent more serious issues if done early.


 Everything You Wanted to Know About Waterproofing Membranes

With basement game rooms, exercise areas and “man caves” increasing in popularity, it’s more important than ever for homeowners to protect their valuables from water infiltration and flooding. Understanding the pros and cons of interior and exterior basementwaterproofing membranes can help in determining what type will work best for your application. Whether you’re currently experiencing problems or just researching your options, visit royalwork.ca for expert advice and a listing of professional services

Unfortunately, unless your home was constructed within the last 10 years, it’s likely that little thought was given to protecting the concrete foundation walls. In recent years, manufacturers have created a multitude of new waterproofing products to repair aging systems and block moisture seepage.

Bituminous Waterproofing Membrane

This most common exterior membrane is made of a petroleum-based asphalt material. It is also used for roofing and is extremely resistant to moisture penetration. Asphaltic waterproofing comes in a liquid emulsion form and can be applied using a roller and trowel. It is very sticky and holds well to vertical concrete surfaces. Often a fiberglass webbing material is used between applications to reinforce it further. A rubberized asphalt is also available and can be applied hot or cold. Adjustments to viscosity allow it to be applied with a trowel, roller or sprayer. Bitumen sheets are also available to cover seams.offered.


Insurance Department offers tips to cut flood premiums

March 23–With National Flood Awareness Week having just passed last week, thePennsylvania Insurance Department urged property owners to consider flood insurance as well as provided tips on what they can do to cut premiums.

“Melting snow, combined with spring rains, inadequate drainage, excessive runoff, or dam failure can cause major damage, so I recommend homeowners and business owners talk about flood coverage with their insurance professional as soon as possible,” Acting Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said. “Standard homeowner policies do not include coverage for flood damage, and there is a 30-day waiting period before a policy becomes effective. The sooner you get coverage the better.”

According to the department, figures from the Federal Emergency Management Agency show Pennsylvania residents filed nearly 18,000 flood insurance claims from 2006 to 2014, and received more than $551 million in payments. Claims were filed from every county except Fulton.

The department said property owners can take precautions to lower the chance of suffering major flood damage. Some precautions are:

* Install a sump pump and make sure it is working; install a battery-operated backup in case of a power failure.