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The Cost of Basement Water Damage

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?

What is the Cause of Basement Water Leakage?

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.

basement water damageExcess 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).

What Does Basement Water Damage Repair Cost?

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.

What Can I Do to Lower the Cost?

There are a few steps that you can take to keep the repair costs down and to prevent basement water damage from worsening:

  1. basement water damage costThe first step is to dry out the basement as best you can. This may involve mopping up water, renting a wet vac to get rid of larger puddles, and running a dehumidifier.
  2. Remove organic items damaged by the flooding, such as towels, bedding, clothes, and upholstery. If they are not dry within 48 hours of the flood, they have probably developed mold. Throw them away.
  3. If you have a finished basement, check the construction. Wet drywall and insulation should be removed.
  4. If you have an unfinished basement, check any wooden support structures and look for rust on metal supports. Note any damage that you see.
  5. Call a basement waterproofing expert like those at Affordable Foundation and Home Repair immediately.

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:

  • Clean Water: This type of water usually enters the home from outside, likely due to heavy rains and foundation cracks. It can also come from taps accidentally left on. Clean water poses no health risks (3).
  • Grey Water: Grey water is usually made up of discharge from appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines. This water can contain chemical and biological pollutants and exposure may lead to illness (3).
  • Black Water: Black water is sewage water or water from major flooding that enters the home. This water can contain any number of chemical or biological pollution substances and is an extreme health risk (3).

No matter what type of water damage there is in your home, invest in a solution from Affordable Foundation and Home Repair Today

How We Can Repair Basement Water Damage

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!





Hurricane Harvey Impacts and Storm Flooding in Alabama

hurricane harvey storm damageAlabama 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.

Why Flooding is an Issue for Your Alabama Home or Business

flooding storm damage alabamaWet 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.

Why Tornado Damage is an Issue for Your Alabama Home or Business

tornado storm damage alabamaBeyond 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.

Hurricane Harvey Damage Solutions from Affordable Foundation and Home Repair

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:

  • Surface Drainage: Our team prevents water from collecting around your home when it rains with surface drainage techniques.
  • Exterior Waterproofing: We can install a waterproof membrane with exterior waterproofing to keep groundwater from seeping into your home.
  • Interior Waterproofing: Our experts offer sump pump system installation to reroute water that makes its way into your basement.
  • Crawlspace Encapsulation: With this solution, we install a vapor barrier in the crawlspace to seal out moisture and prevent mold growth.
  • Mold Remediation: We get rid of dangerous mold spores by cleaning your crawlspace or basement with a method known as mold soda blasting.
  • Foundation Repair: We offer installation of helical piers as well as polyjacking to lift sinking foundations and fix foundation cracks.

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.



Have a Basement? Here are the Most Common Problems We See

basement problems alCommon Basement Problems in Alabama

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.

Basement Wall Problems

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:

  • Basement Wall Cracks: The soil pressure can cause the walls to crack. Wall cracks lower the structural integrity of the wall, the basement, and the above home, and can allow water to leak into the basement.
  • Bowing Leaning Basement Walls: Swollen and water-logged soil outside can also cause the walls to bow or lean, which creates gaps and spaces that can let water or pests can get in and cause an unstable base for the structure.
  • Basement Wall Damage: If the basement wall is deteriorating due to moisture exposure, the structural stability of the home may be in danger.

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.

Basement Water Leakage

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:basement wall problems, basement wall leaks

  • Puddles in basement
  • Pooling water outside
  • High humidity
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Pest infiltration
  • Wet or damp humidity
  • Condensation on pipes
  • Musty odors

These are all indicators that there is moisture in your basement. We offer multiple solutions to remove moisture and keep it from coming back.

Settlement or Shifting Basement Foundation

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.

Solutions for Basement Problems

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:

  • Pier Installation: We offer the installation of helical piers to lift and stabilize your foundation. These piers install deep underground and screw into the ground for added stabilization. They are able to hold the weight of the home while also lifting the foundation to fix basement wall issues and return the home to its proper position.
  • Helical Tiebacks: If your basement walls are bowing inward, we can straighten them using helical tiebacks. These devices work like helical piers, but are installed horizontally into the ground through basement walls. This allows them to pull the basement walls straight.
  • Plate Anchors: This is another option for leaning, bowing, or falling basement walls. This repair option involves installing an anchor in the yard and attaching it to the basement wall with a thin steel rod and a bracket. Once attached, the bracket can be tightened to pull the wall outward and straighten it, closing cracks and reversing bowing.

For basement water issues, we offer the following solutions:

  • Interior Waterproofing: Interior waterproofing systems, such as a sump pump and pit, remove water that makes its way inside so that it cannot cause mold growth or damage your home and belongings.
  • Exterior Waterproofing: To prevent water from seeping inside, you can have an exterior drainage system installed. This system includes a waterproof membrane for the foundation and a drainage board to keep water from penetrating your concrete foundation walls.
  • Surface Drainage: Surface drainage systems are designed to prevent water from pooling near your foundation so that it cannot seep into your basement. These systems include things like a French drain to reroute surface water away from your basement walls.

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.

Reclaim Your Wet Basement in Birmingham, AL

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.

wet basement birmingham, alEven 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:

  • Damp or soft spots on basement walls or floors
  • Condensation on pipes
  • Wet or damp insulation
  • Rusted metal or rotted wood
  • Crumbling concrete inside or outside the home
  • Musty odors
  • High humidity
  • Mold or mildew growth

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.

What Causes Wet Basements in Birmingham, Alabama Homes?

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.

Basement Waterproofing Options from Affordable in Birmingham, AL

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:

  • Crack Repair: Cracks in your concrete might allow water to enter the basement or other areas of your home. Affordable Foundation and Home Repair offers slab lifting and foundation repair methods that can close cracks as well as crack sealing injections to ensure that water does not seep into your basement.
  • Surface Drainage: Taking time to ensure that your yard and foundation have proper surface drainage installed can help to keep surface water from seeping into the basement. This involves everything from the grading of the yard sloping away from the home to downspouts extending a far enough distance from the home.
  • waterproofing birmingham, alExterior Waterproofing: Exterior waterproofing can keep water in the ground from seeping through the concrete of your foundation. Exterior waterproofing involves waterproof membranes for foundation walls, drainage boards, and French drains.
  • Interior Waterproofing: If there is already water in your basement, interior waterproofing can get rid of it. Interior waterproofing systems consist of sump pumps and sump pits as well as interior drainage pipes and channels.
  • Crawlspace Encapsulation: Homes with crawlspaces are not immune to water problems during rainy periods like the one predicted in the next few days. If you have a crawlspace instead of a basement, we offer crawlspace encapsulation with vapor barriers to keep outside water from seeping in and causing rot, rust, and mold growth.
  • Mold Removal: Is your wet basement causing mold to grow? If so, we can use our professional mold soda blasting technique to remove all traces of mold and prevent it from coming back.

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.

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