The winter brings all kinds of different weather. Hurricane season ends November 1st, but that doesn’t mean severe weather ends with it. Depending on where you live, you could be buried under feet of snow, or be getting so much rain you think you should start building an ark. Then there are the places like where I live where one day we might get a blizzard and three days later the temperature shoots up to the sixties, and all that snow melts. Where does it go when it melts? Typically in the basement of many homes.
Basement flooding is a huge challenge most property owners in Michigan don’t every want to deal with. I know because I grew up in a house where our basement flooded every time it rained. At least it felt that way. We had multiple sump pumps and multiple French drains and still couldn’t stop the water from being on the floor of the basement. It was simply the result of where our home was built. You would have thought that when they had to pump massive amounts of water out of the hole dug for the foundation, my father might have contemplated a future problem, but nope. They just pumped out the water and poured the foundation. This is definitely something I don’t recommend anyone do. It was a hell of a way to grow up, swimming in the basement when we were really little.
But that was way back in the stone age of 1960. Now, builders (of which my father came from a family of) know better. If they dig out that foundation and find water like I have pictures of from when my childhood home was built, most contractors will immediately revise their building plans to include what’s necessary to keep your basement from flooding. This is the beauty of progress.
But what do you do if your house was built back in my stone age, or a storm causes your basement to flood? First of all, don’t panic, all is not lost. Second of all, realize that your flooded basement is not something you can take care of on your own, you need to call in a professional, like the Mold Removal Pros of Michigan. They have years of experience of dealing with flooded basements and know all the little details necessary to dry out your basement and offer suggestions to keep it from happening in the future. That is, of course, if your flooded basement wasn’t due to a raging storm that couldn’t be helped regardless of precautions.
Basement flooding can cause more damage than most people realize. For many, my basement flooding actually caused an electrical fire after the blizzard of 1996. So we didn’t have to deal with just a basement full of water, we ended up having our house burn down in the process, and lost a great many of our most precious possessions in the process. Luckily, companies like the Mold Removal Pros have special equipment that can often salvage those possessions, restoring them to their original condition.