Basements can flooding just about any time of the year, and you may be surprised it can even occur during the winter. The truth is that winter may present the most danger and only a number of them are preventable. It’s never a bad idea to have a water damage restoration company as part of your house care list of suppliers, so you can respond immediately if you encounter a problem.
The main reasons for water damage basement flood are ice floes, frozen concrete, blocked drains, and faulty plumbing. If you live near a river, such as the Catawba River west of Charlotte, North Carolina’s city limits, you might discover that an ice floe has blocked water flow and caused flood in your neighborhood. This is not a frequent occurrence, but can happen. The other causes are more typical.
The most common is a pipe fracture due to faulty plumbing or not having proper precautions in place to prevent pipes freezing. When water freezes, it expands and can cause a burst pipe. This is more prevalent when pipes are weakened but may happen even with newer plumbing. Freezing water can also lead to a problem in your home’s concrete foundation. Additionally, concrete expands and contracts through seasonal temperature fluctuations, which can lead to cracks that allow water flow in, sometimes rapidly.
A blocked or slow drain is an issue any time of the year, but it can be a real problem during warmer periods during the winter when snow is melting and needing somewhere to drain.
During warmer months, you should have some time to check your property for good drainage and some other cracks you may notice in your home’s foundation. Check your cellar and plumbing throughout the year to reduce the chances of water damage from the causes you’re able to control.
Should you experience water damage, give us a call at Spangler Restoration. Any time of the year, we are here to restore your house, whether the water damage is a plumbing issue, winter storms or by putting out a fire in your house. We could also work with your insurance company.
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