Water in your basement can destroy personal belongings and weaken the very structures that support the home above. Water leaks can cause mold to grow, soak all of your personal possessions, and cause wood rot in supportive structures in the basement. Clearly, it will not be cheap to fix the mess created by basement water. But what is the real cost of basement water damage?
Because they exist below the ground level and oftentimes, below the water table, all basements are prone to flooding. However, there are a few different circumstances that increase the chances of basement flooding.
Excess Rain & Cracks
Long, heavy bouts of rain saturate the soil around your home. When the soil is saturated thoroughly, it can no longer absorb water. Where does the water go now? It travels on the surface of the ground or through crevices in the ground, flowing downward. This can lead to underground water pushing against your foundation or surface water pooling around the concrete. Both surface water and groundwater can seep into the basement through foundation cracks. Heavily saturated soil also swells as it soaks in more water, and this swelling can put pressure on the nearby foundation walls. If the pressure becomes great enough, cracks might even form in the foundation (1).
Sump Pump/Plumbing Failure
Another cause of wet basements is plumbing leaks or sump pump failures. If your plumbing system develops a leak, it can soak the basement in no time. Sump pumps, designed to carry water out of your foundation, can also develop issues that cause leaks to form. If the pipes in either of these systems freeze and expand, they might burst, allowing water to leak out. They might also suffer from cracks due to age (1).
The cost to repair a flooded basement and basement water damage depends on the extent of the damage and the size of the property. On average, a minor flood of several inches might cost somewhere around $500, while a more severe flood could cost as $7,000-$10,000 or more to fully repair. That price might increase further based on the area of your basement and the extent of the damage. The national average, according to HomeAdvisor, for cleaning up and repairing basement water damage, is $2,447. However, installing new waterproofing systems can add further costs to this number (2).
Another factor that can influence pricing is the amount of time the area was flooded. The longer water sits in your basement, the greater the chance that mold will develop. This raises the repair price even more since any mold must be remediated.
There are a few steps that you can take to keep the repair costs down and to prevent basement water damage from worsening:
It is also important to note that the kind of flooding and water damage will influence the damage and the cost of repair. There are typically three kinds of basement water, each causing varying levels of damage and health risks:
No matter what type of water damage there is in your home, invest in a solution from Affordable Foundation and Home Repair Today
We know the cost of basement water damage and our team works hard to get you the best repairs for your basement. We offer a variety of waterproofing and cleanup techniques to ensure your home is safe and dry:
Call us today to learn more about how we can remove water and mold from your home and keep it from coming back. We offer free estimates for basement waterproofing!
Alabama and other southern states have seen a lot of severe weather recently. Between hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the tornado that ripped through northwest Alabama at the end of August and beginning of September, there has been a lot of potential for damage in Alabama homes. One of the biggest recent concerns for many Alabama homeowners and business owners has been storm flooding. The rains brought on by Hurricane Harvey in Texas left many Alabama homes with water problems.
Three EF2 tornadoes that swept through the central Alabama area a few weeks ago caused several large trees to splinter and fall down, left houses without shingles and destroyed a mobile home completely.
There was also significant flooding in southwest Alabama. Areas near Mobile county and Orange Beach, AL received the most rain and suffered substantial flash flooding in some areas, central and northern Alabama still saw the effects of Harvey. Along with the tornadoes that devastated parts of central Alabama, there was some mild rain in the Birmingham area from August 30-31.
Huntsville also saw some rain, and parts of Tennessee and Kentucky suffered from storm flooding due to Hurricane Harvey rains as well.
Wet or damp basements already affect 60% of homes. That percentage only increases during heavy rains and severe weather conditions. This is a problem because wet and damp basements, crawlspaces, and structures are the perfect spots for a mold problem to develop. Mold growth is a dangerous issue as it can damage the structural integrity of your home or business and cause illness and health problems for you and your family.
Even a small amount of rain can be problematic if your home or commercial structure is not properly prepared. If you do not have an adequate system for surface drainage, water might be allowed to collect and pool right around your foundation. This water can then seep into your home or business through the porous concrete of your foundation, causing water issues inside.
Lack of exterior waterproofing to prevent groundwater from seeping inside can also cause even small amounts of rain to result in water seepage. If water does get inside your home, it is best to have an interior drainage system in place to reroute it and prevent it from causing issues like high humidity or mold growth. If you do not have a properly functioning interior waterproofing system, water will form puddles and may result in mold or mildew growth.
Beyond obvious damage like broken windows and missing shingles, tornadoes can cause serious structural problems for your home. If a tornado is strong enough and hits your home head-on, it might rip the entire home off of the foundation or tear one or more walls away from the home. Other times, the tornado damage in your home will be less severe.
However, it is important to thoroughly examine your home for signs of damage. Even shingles that have not been totally ripped off of your home can be damaged by winds, leaving your home susceptible to leakage. Walls might be slightly pulled away from the home, leaving gaps and spaces open. Brick and masonry, as well as other parts of the home, might be damaged by flying debris. If the siding is pulled away from your home due to a tornado, water might leak underneath and pool on the foundation, wearing away at the concrete. Foundations might even suffer cracks during tornadoes if steel poles set in them to support the structure twist and put stress on the concrete. Pier and beam foundations are especially likely to see damage during a tornado, as the structural frame and floor are less anchored and are more likely to shift off of the foundation.
Affordable Foundation and Home Repair offers solutions to repair damage from Hurricane Harvey and other storms in Alabama homes. These solutions can also help prevent damage to your structure in the event of future storms. Our options for storm damage repair and prevention include:
We also offer a range of solutions to repair beams and posts in crawlspaces and fix cracks in concrete slabs or other areas of your structure. If you live in the central or northern Alabama areas and are worried about damage from Hurricane Harvey storm flooding, tornadoes, or any other storm, call us today.
Having a basement can add a lot of valuable storage space or living space to your Alabama home. However, there are a lot of problems that might appear in your Alabama basement due to harsh weather or soil issues. Take some time to examine your basement for the following problems and call us right away if you see any issues.
It is common for residents of Alabama to discover problems in their basement walls. When the soil near your foundation swells as it soaks in water, it will push on the basement walls. This can cause several different problems:
If your basement wall is falling or moving, or if you see other signs of basement wall damage or problems, call our repair team right away for a solution.
If your basement has cracks, water will likely start to leak inside. However, basement leaks can also occur when water seeps through the concrete basement walls. When water pools around your foundation, it will seep into the porous concrete, weakening the foundation walls and leaking into the basement.
Whatever the cause, basement leaks can be a serious problem and can result in basement flooding if it is not taken care of before the next major storm. If you see any of the following symptoms of basement water, contact us right away:
These are all indicators that there is moisture in your basement. We offer multiple solutions to remove moisture and keep it from coming back.
If your foundation starts to sink or shift, you will likely notice some signs in your basement. Shifting foundations might cause basement walls to move and cause gaps or spaces to open between the basement walls and ceiling or the ceiling and floor above. Sinking foundations can cause brick compaction or basement wall cracks. You might also see signs of basement wall problems in the rest of your home. If you see sloped floors, wall or ceiling cracks, or notice windows or doors that won’t open or close, call us right away, as it could be a sign of foundation sinking and basement wall movement.
We offer foundation repair techniques that will stabilize your home and correct damaged or moving basement walls as well as basement waterproofing options to keep water out of your home.
For structural basement problems, we offer the following solutions:
For basement water issues, we offer the following solutions:
If you notice basement water or other basement problems in your Alabama home, contact us right away. We will give you a free quote and come up with the best solution for your needs.
With several chances of rain in the forecast for the next week in the Birmingham, AL area, water leakage may be a concern for many local homeowners. If there are cracks in your foundation or gaps between the walls and the floor, you might be at risk of ending up with a wet basement. Puddles and wet spots in the basement are more than just an eyesore – they can lead to mold growth that lowers the quality of air in your home and water damage that can put your home’s structural integrity at risk. If you do notice leaks in your home, contact Affordable Foundation and Home Repair as soon as possible.
Even if you do not see visible cracks in your foundation or if you have not noticed puddles in your basement or crawlspace, you may still have a moisture problem. Look for the following signs to be sure:
If you see ay of these signs, it could mean that water has seeped into your home and that you are in need of professional waterproofing as well as, possibly, foundation repair services. Affordable Foundation and Home Repair can provide homeowners in Birmingham, AL with high-quality basement waterproofing services.
There are a lot of things that can cause water to seep into the basement of your Birmingham home. One common cause in Alabama is foundation cracks. These cracks in your foundation can be formed in several different ways. Hot weather and dry conditions can cause soil to shrink, creating underground gaps that lead to foundation movement and cracking. Excess precipitation can cause soil to expand, pushing against the concrete and causing it to buckle or crack. Too much water can also erode soil under the foundation, leaving it to settle and crack due to a lack of support. No matter what has caused cracks to form in your foundation, there is a chance that these cracks could allow water to leak into the basement.
Wet or damp basements in Birmingham can also be the result of standing water. During frequent, heavy rains, the ground can only absorb so much water at once. Any extra water pools on top of the surface. If your yard slopes toward your home, or has low spots near the foundation, this extra water might pool against the foundation. Prolonged exposure to standing water can weaken the concrete and cause it to crumble. This standing water might also be able to seep through the porous concrete that makes up your foundation and get into your basement.
Fortunately, Affordable Foundation and Home Repair offers several waterproofing solutions and specializes in crack repair, giving us all of the necessary tools to protect your basement this summer. Our solutions for a wet basement in your Birmingham home include:
Wet basements are a hassle, but the above waterproofing and repair options for Birmingham can help keep your mind at ease this summer. Contact Affordable as soon as you see signs of basement water. We offer free estimates on waterproofing for Birmingham, AL residents.