Top Causes of Winter Basement Flooding

winter-basementAs the weather grows colder and snow begins to fall, you may find yourself in need of flooded basement repair Janesville or Rockford residents can trust. It helps to know what the greatest risk factors are for winter basement flooding so you can effectively prevent them in the future.

Ice Floes

An ice floe occurs when a large chunk of floating ice becomes lodged in a river or another free-flowing body of water, creating a blockage. Ice floes in residential areas can result in serious flooding as the ice prevents water from flowing to its natural reserve. The blocked water must find another route, which often means flooding streets and even homes. If you live near a river, ice floes are a particularly common cause of flooding during the winter.

Faulty Plumbing

Faulty plumbing, such as overflowing sewer lines and burst pipes, is by far one of the most common causes of winter flooding in the north. Pipes that are not properly insulated can freeze as temperatures drop suddenly. The ice frozen in the pipes expands and causes weakened pipe materials to burst, flooding your basement. A flooded basement needs to be pumped dry and then thoroughly cleaned to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. In some cases, you may have to get rid of any furniture or drywall that was damaged as well. Working with a disaster restoration service can help you determine which materials can be salvaged.

Frozen Concrete

Your home's concrete foundation can expand and contract as the weather changes. During the summer months, concrete expands with the heat and then contracts with the cold during the winter months. These changes lead to stress that can create foundational cracks over time. From your basement's concrete foundation to lower level walls, there are a variety of areas that can become weak or damaged due to changing temperatures. Once there is a crack in your foundation, it can cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair. Not only do foundational cracks present a structural safety issue, but they can allow water to enter the home through the basement as well. A small amount of leakage can easily become a flood over time, damaging your property.

Drain Blockage

Your home should be designed to allow moisture from rain and melted snow to flow naturally away from the property, but this is not always the case. Houses with inefficient drainage systems can easily lead to flooding. The slope of the land your house was built on play a significant role in drainage. If water is allowed to flow and pool outside your home, it can easily leak in through a compromised foundation. Even if there are no cracks in your basement foundation, water accumulated in the soil around your home can weaken your foundation and lead to the development of mold. To protect your home from the costly effects of basement flooding, call Leaders in Disaster Restoration today at (888) 874-7066. Our technicians take pride in providing homeowners in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin with restoration and contracting services.
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