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Fixing a Flooded Basement

For those faithful readers who follow this website, today will come as a welcome addition to our catalog of articles for those looking to sell their home. Why? Because today we supply the second half of our two-part series on basements and water!

Last time, we offered a fairly general introduction to the topic, essentially indicating that the flooding of basements is not uncommon and that there are many options other than panic available to those who find themselves dealing with flooding basements. Regardless of whether or not your basement floods because of snow melt, heavy rain, poor plumbing, or another reason…there is very likely a remedy.

Some people chose to ignore the water, knowing that it will go down eventually. Is this a good idea? No, it is not. Why? Because, as we have discussed in other articles, continual water concentration can easily lead to mold, especially when this water is concentrated in dark places. Like basements.

If you are looking to sell your home and you know your basement has chronic leaking issue, then the best possible option is to deal with this problem as soon as possible. The easiest way to do this is, of course, to hire a professional to come and assess the problem. When this professional arrives at your home, the first thing they will do is try and ascertain just where the water is coming from.

Because most basements of most homes are below ground level, this means that they are close to the water table. When the table rises due to things like rain or melting snow, the soil surrounding the basement will become saturated, squeezing your basement like a vice. It is through this pressure that water can begin to seep in through the walls. Additionally, many people find that the water will simply pour up from the ground. This is one of the many reasons why so many homes do not have carpets in their basement, and why basement carpeting is always a risky decision to make.

Fixes for the problem of water inside of basements range from expensive and highly effective to cheaper with slightly less efficacy. Many people wind up opting for a simple pump and hose system, which is certainly the lightest on wallets even if it admits to never actually solving the problem fully.

Regardless of which way you decide to go on this issue, the main thing is to have a solution in place. Potential buyers will want to know if the basement floods, and, if so, what gets done about it. Simply shrugging and saying, “beats me” is a great way to turn off potential buyers. Have a plan in place, if for no other reason than it will make your home that much more appealing to those engaged in the buying process.

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