Basement Flood Cleanup
When you become a victim of emergency basement flooding, you can quickly find yourself removed from the pleasant style of life in this historic city. Time is of the essence, and it’s important that you get to work quickly to ensure the problem doesn’t exacerbate and put the overall integrity of your home at risk.
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Why Choose The Remediation Experts for Basement Flood Cleanup?
Our staff understands the urgent nature of the situation in which you find yourself, and we’re experienced in working with our clients to ensure every effort possible is made to prevent further inconveniences. When dealing with a flooding issue, there are various options when it comes to the restoration process. Since each situation is unique, it’s important to identify which method will work best for you, and we take our time in explaining the various options available to you to help reach the remediation method that will work best for you.
With the increasing pressures put on our environment, our company takes measures to ensure we correct potential environmental hazards as we help you solve your problems. That’s why we have developed an innovative testing method that pinpoints issues before getting to work. Not only does this preserve our environment, but it also protects you and your loved ones living in the home. Just some of the problems this can help you overcome include:
We understand that you’re going through a difficult time, and our staff makes professionalism a priority. Our technicians are IICRC certified, and you can count on our services as we are registered with both the BBB and Homestars. Basement flood restoration is a highly sensitive problem to deal with, and you owe it to yourself to rely on only the best to get your home back in proper working order. We make it our mission to deliver the same level of quality services to each client we service. Aside from simply cleaning up following a flooding situation, we also provide the following:
- Mold inspection and removal– This prevents further damage to walls, furniture, carpets, drapery, books, and important paper documents and reduces the chances those living in your home develop allergic reactions such as bronchial irritation and asthma attacks.
- Asbestos testing and removal- We check the common problem areas such as cement pipes and wallboards, textured paints and roofing material for the presence of this naturally-occurring mineral to prevent your family from developing problems such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and other lung cancers.
- Full inspection of your home to ensure further problems don’t manifest later on down the line
The nature of water damage can be extensive, and we understand the high level of pressure our clients face. We make it our goal to provide you with the most convenient experience possible. With so many companies out there, it can be difficult to pinpoint who’s best for the job. When you work with use, however, you’ll quickly realize we make an uncomfortable experience much more accommodating. From start to finish, we work with you to get you over this rough spot and back on track.
There are a number of ways in which you can obtain our services and get into contact with one of our knowledgeable staff members. Whether you call us on the phone or fill out our quick form located conveniently on our easy-to-navigate website, you can quickly receive the crucial work you need with expedience you can count on.
Flood Damaged Walls
The walls of your home are what protect you from the outside elements, and that’s the primary purpose the overall structure serves. However, once you have sustained any type of flood damage, you open yourself up to the very real possibility that the inner workings of the walls can become so compromised that they’ll fall in. This can be very frustrating, cause quite a mess, and put a serious strain on your bank account. Not to mention that you and the ones you love can also run the risk health hazards. You even open yourself up to the infiltration of outside critters into the home such as mice and bugs.
One of the biggest mistakes made by homeowners is to simply let the walls dry out and paint over them. While this could sometimes provide a viable solution, it’s crucial that you first know exactly what you’re dealing with, and this requires a professional inspection. Our staff has the combination of knowledge and tools to let you know the true extent of the problem at hand, and we specialize in providing quality flooded basement drywall repair services.
As a homeowner, it’s up to you to be aware of and address problems in your home. After all, you likely made a substantial investment in its acquisition. Therefore, you should always be aware and keep yourself educated as to the potential problems within its walls. While it’s easy to anticipate flood damaged walls after an event such as a pipe burst, there can be more subtle causes that are easier to overlook. Our staff understands the importance of keeping homeowners educated, and there are a few signs of wall damage that we want you to be aware of including:
- Watermarks or brown, “rusty” stains
- Mold along the corners, flooring ceilings, and walls
- Swollen walls, ceilings, and door casings
- Wallpaper, baseboards and trim that separates from the wall
- Sweating walls
If you suspect your wall damage has resulted in the development of mold, fungus, or spores, it’s crucial that you seek help immediately, and we proudly offer 24/7 service. As we get to work on the problem, you can visit http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/healthy-living-vie-saine/environment-environnement/air/contaminants/mould-moisissures-eng.php for information on the health risks associated with this type of problem. Here, you can find further information to help keep you and your family protected in the event a health hazard exists in your home due to the flooding issues.
What Causes Basement Flooding?
While our staff enjoys doing business with each of our clients, it would be preferable if they never had a problem to begin with. That’s why we encourage them to familiarize themselves with common basement flooding causes. This allows homeowners to identify potential issues before they are allowed to become bigger problems later on down the road. Best of all, you can save thousands of dollars in the long run when you’re able to correct a problem early on. Following are a few helpful pointers to help you detect a problem:
- Over time, it’s common for the sanitary sewer lateral to degrade. When this happens, many things can go wrong such as tree roots causing penetration. This ultimately can lead to a sewage backup. If it’s been awhile since you’ve had your lateral inspected, our team can evaluate its overall integrity. It’s recommended that you have a professional inspection performed every five to ten years.
- Whether it functions using gravity or a pump, your foundation drainage system is crucial in that it keeps ground water level around the foundation lower than the basement floor. When they begin to deteriorate over time, it can cause flooding in the basement. Since it’s illegal to discharge to the sanitary sewer using a sump pump, it’s important that you rely on the professionals to take care of existing problems of this nature. However, by having your drainage system inspected regularly, you can avoid having an issue in the first place.
Let’s face it. Over time, the foundation of your home can develop cracks, and these openings make it possible for rain water or snow melt to enter the basement. It’s a good idea to check the foundation for such issues in order to prevent a problem from arising.
Who Should I Call If My Basement is Flooded?
In a perfect world, homeowners would be able to appropriately pinpoint potential issues before they cause these types of problems. However, it’s just as important to understand what to do if your basement flooded. If you have an existing problem, you should call the contractors here at Remediation Experts. We are fully equipped with everything necessary to get to the root of the problem. Best of all, we can be there in 45 minutes for emergency situations within city limits.
How to Prevent Basement Flooding In The Future
Whether you have just finished dealing with a basement flooding issue or are just a concerned homeowner who wants to prevent problems from occurring in the first place, it’s important to stay informed and execute methods in which you can prevent them from occurring. This is a very responsible way to go about homeownership, and there are a variety of things you can do to prevent problems from coming up.
Address Your Gutters
When you think of your outdoor guttering system, your basement likely doesn’t come to mind. However, clogged gutters mean that the water will not be navigated appropriately away from your home. When this happens, it tends to pool around the foundation and ultimately infiltrate the basement. There are a few things you should consider doing as you perform regular gutter maintenance. For starters, remove any leaves or other debris that can prevent proper water flow. You should also consider the installation of leaf guards and downspout extenders. These should direct the water at least ten feet away from the home.
Helpful Landscaping Tips
When it comes to the irrigation of rain water, there is an often overlooked tip that can make a significant difference. You want water to drain toward the yard and not toward your foundation. To best ensure this happens, spend time on a weekend pitching the soil surrounding your home away from the house. The goal here is to create a slope of about a quarter of an inch per foot. This allows the water to flow properly. As you perform this task, add soil and use a rake to smooth it out. The grade should be the highest at the perimeter of the home.
Inspect Your Trees
Trees are an important aspect in any landscaping effort, and they provide beauty that increases the overall aesthetic value of your home. However, when left unchecked, they can put you at an increased risk of developing leaks that can flood the basement. For starters, find out what kinds of trees you have around the home. If you have any with aggressive rooting systems such as maples, they should be planted no closer than 20 feet of the home. If there is already a tree planted nearby, it can prove to be well worth the investment to have it professionally removed. Smaller trees pose a lesser risk, and those such as white firs can be placed within around 10 to 15 feet from the home.
Schedule a Thorough Plumbing Inspection
One of the biggest contributors to basement flooding issues comes from plumbing. While you may pride yourself in your ability to do things around the home without professional help, plumbing is highly intricate, and it can be very easy to overlook a serious problem. Whether it’s been awhile since you’ve had your system looked at or you’ve noticed warning signs that something could be going wrong, now’s the best time to have a thorough inspection performed. The investment made can quickly pay off when you locate issues. Just some signs that trouble could lie ahead include:
- You hear a continuous sound of running water when nothing is turned on.
- The water meter changes even when you aren’t running water. To verify this is correct, mark your meter’s indicator and don’t use any water for at least one hour. If the indicator has changed, you very well may have a leak.
- You’ve noticed an increase in your monthly water bill that cannot be explained by your usage.
- You notice offensive smells emanating from the floors or walls or near the sewers or drains.
- The vegetation around the home grows unevenly or there is earth shifting for no evident reason.
- There are noticeably warm spots on the floor. This is especially concerning on concrete slab floors.
An Investment You Can Rely On
During the course of your life, you’ll make a number of sizable investments. However, the one made in your home is likely to be one of the most significant. Therefore, it’s crucial that you take the measures necessary to ensure it’s well taken care of. Basement flooding is highly common, and the aftermath can be devastating.
Whether you know you have a problem or have an inkling that trouble is on the way, our staff is here to help. Locally owned, we provide the quality of cleanup services you need to properly maintain your home and make it last. We understand how financially draining these types of problems can be, and that’s why we offer free estimates and senior discounts to help you manage your budget while you get your home back up and running properly, so give us a call today.
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