It’s one of every homeowner's worst nightmares: coming down the stairs of your home to find water in the basement. Even worse still, when you return from a vacation and are unsure of how long there has been an issue. A wet basement can be a result of a variety of problems that can either be quick fixes that you are able to do yourself or could require long term solutions with the help of a professional. When there is water in your basement, it is important to act fast as well as determine the cause of the moisture. Approaching the wet area with caution is extremely important if it is near any electrical items or outlets, if possible the power should be turned off immediately before assessing your situation.
Often, a significant amount of water showing up in your basement seemingly overnight can be a result of a plumbing issue. Particularly in cases of extreme temperature changes, water pipes are known to burst. Toilets and water heaters are both likely to leak at some point in their lifetime. Another obvious culprit of causing water in your basement is a faulty or overflowing washing machine. If you realize one of these is the culprit, call your plumber immediately.
Structural Water Leaks
If there is no immediate sign of the cause of water in your basement, there may be a larger issue at hand. Water is most likely to come through:
Cracks in your foundation
The natural seam where the walls meet the floors
The floor of your basement
If you determine one of these is the cause of the water in your basement, it's important to contact a professional immediately to avoid further damage. Call Everdry Waterproofing of Upstate New York for your free estimate at the first sign of water damage.