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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Buying A New Construction Home? Read This First

The U.S. Census Bureau along with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released the numbers for home construction for the year 2016.  According to the figures, there were 1,123,000 houses built in 2016 with a 2% rise over the previous year.

The slight mortgage rate decrease has given borrowers new hope.  Total mortgage rate applications have slightly increase-2.3%-over the last few months, but is a 23% decrease since last year overall. 

Regardless of what the interest rate is, many first time home buyers look to buy a new construction, or a fairly new home. The pitfalls start right away if as a first time home buyer you do not due your due diligence. From interest rates that the bank gives you that do not benefit you, to shoddy construction that will jeopardize your financial situation before you can move into your new home, the hazardous road to owning a home are many.

There are many construction companies that are honest, and try to do great work.  But, there are hundred others that because they are trying to make a profit at your expense, do not care about the construction of their homes.  Contractors pass the buck when something goes wrong with the home. The dry wall contractor blames the main contractor, and so on until owning a new home starts to feel like a nightmare.

When buyers of new construction homes are ready to move in, they find that the home was not what was promised. Drywall cracks, damp basements, roof problems, and squeaky floors are some of the most complained aspects of new home construction. 

Damp basements in a new construction really spells trouble for you.  The roof and basement are big ticket items to fix, so if your new home have issues with them, you have to talk to the builder right away, and have the matter settled.  Look to the warranties, and to the contract you signed.  If the builder is not responsive, seek legal advice.

If you are buying a new home and need to do some due diligence, this  is a nice article for you to start learning what to look for when buying a new construction.


How To Prevent Wet Basements

stock-photo-22083798-water-damaged-basementWith the harsh winters and heavy rains that the homes in the Northeast Ohio region deal with every year, it’s no wonder many older homes deal with wet or leaky basements.  Melting snow in the early spring and then the rain that follows, make the ground wet and often too saturated for the water to flow away from the foundation.  The water can find its way into the basement and cause havoc with the foundation of your home, it can cause irreparable damage to storage goods you have in there. Electrical problems are dangerous when you have a flooded basement, and the wooden beams or other wooden support you have in your basement can be jeopardized because of the water leaks.  Take care of a leaky or wet basement sooner rather than later, the cost associated with the damage can increase as the problem is left unattended, and your health can be jeopardized as well. Call us for a hassle free consultation.


Wet basements can be prevented

Heavy storms or steady rain can have the potential to leave homeowners with a wet basement throughout the spring and summer months.

Mark Luba, marketing director at Baker’s Waterproofing and Foundation Repair in Bentleyville, said to help prevent water from entering a basement, homeowners need to make sure their downspouts are open and running away from the house.

The company, owned by Brian Baker, provides services in Fayette, Greene, Washington and surrounding counties.

Also, said Luba, make sure the slope leads away from the house so water doesn’t make its way back toward the foundation.

“When you talk to a homeowner one of their biggest concerns are their (basement) space,” said Luba. “It’s either they want it for dry storage so they can keep valuables, for living space, and they want good air quality.”


Keep your home dry during the spring melt

There are several things homeowners can do to prevent basement flooding this time of year.

As evidence of the harsh winter finally melts into our memories, we’re breathing easier that it’s spring.

But before you sigh with relief and start dragging out the patio furniture, stop to think about where all that snow melt goes. There are several things you can do as a homeowner to prevent basement flooding this spring.

Watch for these common waterproofing problems, often around the interior and exterior of basements. Solutions are available, but early detection is best for your budget.

Wall cracks: Cracks along the interior foundation walls may start out small but expand due to ground settling, hydrostatic pressure and seasonal freeze/thaw cycles.


Beware of cracks & shoddy construction

Jagvir Goyal

Though every house builder tries to take the best preventive measures during the construction yet leakage and seepage are often seen in the houses. The reasons for such occurrences are inadequate workmanship during construction, lack of knowledge of the right preventive measures, not taking proper steps for water-proofing, occurrence of cracks due to structural settlements or differential expansion of materials and lack of post-construction care.

Let’s have a look at the post-construction checks to be made and the treatments to be done to stop a leakage or seepage:

Post construction checks

The following checks should be made from time to time to avoid a leakage or seepage in any part of the house