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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What You Need To Know To Waterproof Your Basement

stock-photo-4258890-interior-abstractIf your basement is wet, old, and needs to be waterproofed, you are probably wondering who to call or how to go about getting it fix.  There are many companies out there that will give you estimates that are inflated, or are not telling you the truth about what needs to be done to fix your basement.  Many companies will give warranties that do not mean anything because they will probably be out of business or change their names, and those warranties do not mean anything for the “New Company.” Do your homework, choose a company that has been in business for a long time and have excellent customer care, a free estimate can be beneficial for you and your wallet. Better yet, call us and we will be happy to help.  Continue reading for more information about basement waterproofing,

Specification for Basement Waterproofing

During home or business construction, basement waterproofing is an extremely important step. Due to the nature of a basement, being subterranean, it is easy for water to leak through the surrounding ground and into the basement itself causing water problems.  Problems such as leaking, rot, and unhealthy mold are not unusual.  It is not suggested that the owners try and do waterproofing themselves as there are very strict guidelines that must be followed for the job to be completed properly.  It is best to hire a contractor that knows how to do the job.

Specifications for Waterproofing

Basements offer a unique set of variables that each need to be waterproofed properly, and often-times with varying mixes. There are a number of specifications that must be met to ensure a truly waterproof basement and any good contractor should be aware of the variances.   There are a few particular areas that need special care:

  • Any concrete in the basement
  • All details and joints
  • The basement slab

Winterize Your Basement Waterproofing System Now

We’ve had a much colder and snowier than expected November so far, but next week we’re supposed to see a considerable warm up. If you haven’t yet winterized your basement waterproofing system … now is the time. Keep in mind, it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to winterize the system in fall.

Here are the correct steps:

  1. To help prevent freezing, remove the discharge extension as close to your home as possible.  Install the diffuser cap from the end of the pipe in its place.
  2. Open your sump basin by removing all 4 bolts.
  3. Check every clamp connection to make sure they are tight and then test the pump by adding water into it until it cycles. Keep in mind the water might need to be 6-8” above the pump before it will cycle.
  4. Replace the batteries in your high water alarm.
  5. If you have a battery backup system, check the water level in the battery.  Add distilled water if necessary.
  6. If you have a free flow discharge with a heat cable, plug it in after the first snow falls.

Flipping Homes Tip: Basement Waterproofing

I can’t say it was T.G.I.Friday, yesterday. Those of you living on the east coast know what I’m talkin’ about. We got DUMPED ON by the remnants of tropical storm, Nicole in an historic rainfall. Some parts of Maryland got 12″. Holy crap that’s a lot of rain. Needless to say, it wasn’t the leisurely Friday I was hoping for. We had water in two of our 6 listed houses. No big deal, just a learning experience.

So you rehabbers – are you waterproofing your houses? What are you paying?

The picture to the left by the way shows a house that we purchased several months ago. On the day we bought the house it had 15″ of rain in the basement!

As a rule, we waterproof EVERY basement. Its a crappy task. The tips below WILL save THOUSANDS on your next waterproofing job. Seriously folks, this might be my most important tip yet. Waterproofing is NOT rocket science.

Any licensed plumber or general contractor who has had experience installing waterproofing should be able to do the following.