Basements have long been used in areas of the US where clay and rock-filled earth provides the perfect conditions for digging usable underground spaces. Wisconsin is no exception, and while many basements have evolved from root cellars to entertainment centers, the majority of homes and businesses across the state make use of the area beneath the main building. Although there are many benefits to having a basement at any level of being “finished,” these areas are notorious for flooding and holding excess water. If you’re struggling with a flooded basement, ServiceMaster Cleaning Services can help with comprehensive water damage restoration in Platteville, WI.
It’s very difficult to keep water out of a basement because these rooms are practically surrounded by ground water and veined with plumbing for the entire building. There are many reasons why your basement could flood, but our restoration teams find that there are some causes that are more common than others.
Rain, for example, is the number one cause of basement flooding. Even light rainwaters can seep into the ground around your basement and find their way into the cracks in your foundation.
Damaged waterproofing is another big problem that leads to flooded basements. If your foundation’s tar sealants are worn or damaged, the material beneath will soak up ground and rain water over time, opening larger cracks and allowing for flooding.
Sewage backups almost always lead to a flooded basement if the problem isn’t immediately caught and resolved. Clogged sewer lines running beneath your basement floors can force grey water into the space above it, flooding your basement (and making it very gross).
Landscape gradation also plays a part in your basement’s susceptibility to flooding. If the lawn or property surrounding your home or business slopes downward towards your foundation, groundwater and rain will pool in the lowest areas around your basement. This means that your basement will have a greater chance of flooding when rain or natural flooding occurs.
Sump pump malfunctions or failures will almost certainly cause flooding. These pumps are designed to remove excess water from your basement, and in the event of poor performance or a breakage, your basement will quickly flood when water ceases to be pumped out.
If you are experiencing basement flooding for any of these reasons or more, contact ServiceMaster Cleaning Services at (866) 999-1980 for professional water damage restoration in Platteville, WI.