As a homeowner finding water in your basement can be both upsetting and costly. First you want to make sure the condition of your home is safe for your family and you. Water can creep or pour into your basement from a number of sources. Sometimes stagnant water can develop in the basement areas and go unnoticed for any given period of time. If standing water is not addressed, it can damage your possessions, destroy your homes’ walls and flooring and cause mold to grow. Not handling the water extraction promptly can significantly increase the cost of making repairs. When you find standing water in your basement, you do not want to attempt to handle it yourself. Baker Restoration and Construction services can handle any type of water extraction job, quickly and efficiently.
Baker Restoration and Construction
Baker Restoration and Construction has been helping homeowners in the Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula and Eastern Cuyahoga Counties for over 20 years. We have invested the time and money to become fully licensed, bonded and insured. In addition, our firm is certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration) which means we have gone through the proper coursework and have passed several rigorous tests. In addition, we have fully trained technicians who know how to handle the type of water present. This way, no matter who we send to your home, you can be assured they are qualified to properly extract the water in your basement.
Not all standing water should be treated the same. In accordance with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we follow the specific methods required by the IICRC’s Standard of Care to address each category of water. In fact, there are three categories of water each requiring different processes. When you choose Baker Restoration and Construction services, we ensure the standing water in your basement will be addressed correctly, no matter the type of water we find.
Protect your Home from Standing Water
Accidents happen and emergencies will occur. Many times you simply cannot predict when you will have an issue. However, if you want to be pro-active Baker Restoration and Construction has been around long enough to know small tips and tricks you can do to prevent standing water accumulating in your basement.
Have your Home’s Foundation Checked: Did you know that there could be cracks in your foundation without you knowing? This can happen from root structures growing under your home, settling of the home or even soil erosion. When cracks form within the foundation’s structure, it leaves your home vulnerable to groundwater seeping in from rainstorms or other unpredictable factors.
Maintain your Sump Pump: Living in Northeast Ohio, many of the homes have a sump pump. In 1987, an amendment to the US Federal Clean Water Act established that sump pumps are required to be installed in certain homes, even if the homes are not located in high risk flood areas. Since Northeast Ohio experiences snow storms and torrential rain storms, a sump pump helps protect your basement from flooding. That is, until it fails.
Ways you can Prevent Common Failures are:
- Check that the sump pump is the proper size
- Make sure it is installed properly
- Keep a backup power source if possible
- Have the float switch checked every few months
- Schedule a professional maintenance once a year to ensure optimal performance
Broken Water Lines: In the past 20 years, the most common form of standing water formed in the basement is due to failure of water lines. Depending on the type of pipes in your home, corrosion can occur, or PVC material can become brittle. When either of these instances occur it leaves your pipes vulnerable to cracks at any moment. Despite where the pipe failure occurs, many times the water will migrate to the lowest point, the basement, and accumulate standing water. The best way to prevent water lines from failing without notice is to bring in an experienced plumber once every few years to check the condition of your pipes. They can check the joints and make sure that everything is intact and operating at full functionality.
Appliance Failures: According to the insurance companies, 30% water damage claims occur from water lines and appliance failures. These water losses can leak into the basement and cause pooling or other types of standing water. Broken water lines from sinks, toilets, ice makers, dishwasher failures, hot water heaters and washing machines are the main culprits. Making sure you check your home’s water lines/hoses and appliances periodically, it’s the first step in preventing water damage.
If you are experiencing standing water in the basement of your home, you need to call in the professionals to help. Baker Restoration and Construction services will not only extract the standing water, but we’ll be able to identify where the water loss originally occurred.