The natural position of your home or office relative to its natural environment is a major factor when considering the possibility of future water damage or basement flooding. Understanding where your house is built in relation to land elevation & sloop is important when planning to prevent basement flooding. Low quality materials and poor craftmanship is a dangerous mix and is more susceptible to water damage causing basement flooding.
Water Drainage System
Improper installation of underground drainage system by your home builder can cause many complications and are not likely to be discovered until a basement flood damage occurs. However, you can do your part to prevent a basement flood. Proper maintenance of your sump pump includes having a back up power source. Even this precaution will fail if the builder makes a mistake.
French drain installation can be a great defense against basement flooding. If you live in the Northern VA or Southern MD area and plan to use your basement as living space, then French Drain Installation is highly recommended as a defense against water damage.
Gutter maintenance and water diversion is important to the overall water damage protection of your home. Clogged gutters can cause ceiling to wall water damage. When gutter water is not diverted away from the home, water pressure increases around basement perimeters. This makes basement water damage and basement flooding more likely.
Foundation Cracks & Leaks
Foundation cracks can be tiny but turn into a major water damage cleanup. High humidity levels are the result of leaky pipes, water intrusion, foundation cracks and many other water damage issues. Mold growth is a secondary damage caused by water, in gas or liquid form. Foundation cracks become weaker by poor drainage. As the ground becomes over saturated, the pressure per square inch increases as does the chance for basement flooding and basement water damage.
Making additions to your home must be carefully planned. Increased water pressure around a basement perimeter is almost a certainty when additions do not align with precision. The risk of basement flooding is higher when water pressure around a basement foundation is multiplied.