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Why Unfinished Basement Flooding Is Still a Concern

Typically, basements flood because of a burst pipe in the home or external sources (such as a recent flood causing your foundation to soak). Many homeowners assume that if their basement is unfinished, then they don't need to worry about it flooding. However, even if your basement is unfinished, flooding in this area of the home is still a major concern.

Read on to discover why you should be worried about your basement flooding even if there is no carpet in the living space.

Flooding Causes Mold

Typically, if moisture is present, then mold will quickly develop. Cracks in your basement's cement walls or flooring can allow moisture to get trapped, which creates a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew spores.

Even a minor basement flood from a recent storm or a leaking pipe can cause mold. This is especially true if your basement isn't properly cleaned to remove all signs of moisture or ventilated to allow moisture to escape.

If your basement has flooded, then open all the windows in your basement to allow air to filter out. In addition, call a water removal specialist to treat your basement for moisture damage.

Flooding Causes Foundation Damage

Any flood in your basement is a potential danger to your home's foundation. Cement is porous and can crack or crumble due to prolonged moisture exposure. Water that gets underneath your home can rot or shift the wooden support beams and posts, causing your house to sag or lean. In addition, if your unfinished basement has sheetrock installed, it can rot or warp after exposure to water.

The best way to protect your home against foundation damage is to keep your basement clean and dry. Your water removal specialist will place industrial fans in your basement to whisk away moisture after removing the majority of the water damage. 

If flooding is caused by weather or soil erosion, then consider placing gravel or road base material around your home's foundation. This type of material can help pull water away from your home so it doesn't leak into your basement.

You should also inspect your home's gutter system to make sure there are no broken gutters and that debris isn't clogging drainage pipes outside, allowing water to fall too close to your home.

Flooding Destroys Stored Items 

You likely use your unfinished basement to store items, such as bicycles, holiday decorations, food storage items, and other personal belongings. Standing water left untreated in your basement can permanently destroy irreplaceable items.
In addition, appliances like your washer and dryer or a freezer can be damaged by standing water as well. Water will rust the undersides of appliances and can ruin them.

Never attempt to clean up water damage in your basement on your own. There may be bacteria in the water that can be dangerous for you to be exposed to (this is especially true if the flood is caused by any water source other than pure drinking water, including stormwater).

Electrical outlets or wiring may also be affected by a basement flood, particularly if your unfinished basement doesn't have any sheetrock on its walls. Be careful as you step into your basement to assess the flood damage so that you're not accidentally shocked.

No matter what caused your basement to flood or how severe the moisture damage is, you should never take a basement flood lightly. Failure to have the water professionally removed by a water restoration company can lead to deterioration of your home.

Your home insurance company may assist in covering costs if the flood damage is plumbing-related or if you have added flood insurance to your home's premium. For all your water restoration needs, rely on our services at Floodmasters. Call us today for a quote.