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Will Heavy Rains Flood my Basement?

The threshold that lies between the magnificent beauty of a big storm and the terrible destruction of one is thin. It can be only a matter of minutes before a few raindrops can become a flash flood. The question is: is your basement safe from heavy rain and precipitation? There are a few ways to check your home to see if your home is in danger of water damage. Warning signs include discoloration and abnormal textures of surfaces, cracking and disintegration, and strange odors.

You might wonder how heavy rains could invade your seemingly secure basement in the first place. There are several factors that, when left unchecked, can lead to serious damage. Gravity is your biggest enemy when it comes to basement flooding because, as your basement is potentially the lowest point the water can travel, excessive water will pool and try to seep into any available opening. To combat this, you can check and make sure all the seals in your home are properly maintained and your foundation isn’t damaged or cracked. If your gutters and downspouts are clogged, water may overflow and run down the side of your house, directly toward your basement. On top of making sure your rain gutters are clean, make sure they lead far enough away from your home that they don’t simply immediately run down into your foundation.

With this in mind, it is important to be able to recognize the warning signs of water damage before they get out of hand.

1. Discoloration
Have you ever noticed the stain on your bathroom cabinet isn’t quite the same as what it once was? This is because excessive moisture, in this instance originating from hot shower steam, has the ability to discolor surfaces. This can mean that if the white wallpaper in your basement starts to appear yellow or brownish, you probably have water damage. In addition, if you notice that your walls have become warped or your floor has a swollen, bumpy, or spongy feel to it, you know it’s time to call a water damage cleanup service.

2. Cracking
In addition, if your basement has water damage from heavy rains, you might also discover some serious structural damage to your homes, such as cracking and deterioration in your foundation or window seals. If left unaddressed, these issues can grow into much more serious and expensive issues in the future.

3. Strange Smells And Mold
Does your basement seem to have a musty or sour smell? Strange odors can mean many things, but if the smell is persistent, strong, and doesn’t go away, you may have mold growing due to water damage. Mold is typically black, white, green, or blue. However, sometimes flooding occurs within the structure of your home and isn’t always visible. Because you can’t always see mold, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the smells your basement is letting off, and recognize the problem before it grows into a major health hazard.

If you have noticed any of these issues, especially after heavy rains or floods, it’s time to call your local water restoration company. If you live in the Indianapolis area, you can call Total Restoration any time at (317) 548-6449.