A flooded basement is one of the most unpleasant emergencies a homeowner can experience. Walking down to your basement to discover a foot of water is a nightmare, especially if you can still hear water flowing and the water is visibly rising.
But the problems associated with basement flooding include much more than just the presence of water. In fact, there are so many other potential issues related to a flooded basement that any of them alone would probably make for strong evidence in favor in investing in basement waterproofing in Etobicoke. Read on to learn about some of the consequences of basement flooding that you might not be thinking of as an emergency unfolds, but which are worth considering.
Serious property damage is likely
The property risks associated with basement flooding are mostly obvious. Particularly if yours is a finished basement, you’re likely running through the list in your head of everything in your basement living space: furniture, carpet, home electronics, exercise equipment, work or hobby space, appliances, family keepsakes—all of these are at risk of being permanently destroyed in the event of a flood, and for many people, these losses would be devastating enough.
On top of this, the damage to the structure of your home can have detrimental effects on your insurance rates, as well as result in your home losing value. Especially if your home is prone to flooding and you don’t act to waterproof your basement and keep damage at bay, the value of your home can be seriously impacted.
However, even if your basement doesn’t actually flood, but just happens to leak or develop small puddles on occasion, there’s still damage being done. It just might not be as obvious, and the types of damage it’s doing may be different.
For example, one of the biggest problems with having water in your basement is that it can cause serious health problems for you and your family. The persistent appearance of water in your home can lead to respiratory issues, as well as exacerbate existing respiratory problems.
The big culprit here is mold. Because mold often grows in out-of-the-way places and may go unnoticed for a very long time, it can do a lot of damage very quietly. In addition to respiratory problems, mold growth has been linked to allergies and asthma, and without calling for professional assistance, you may not even know what’s causing your problems until they’ve become quite severe. For this reason, having your basement inspected for mold growth can be a worthwhile endeavor, particularly if any existing mold is eliminated and prevented from returning.
If you’re concerned about your basement’s susceptibility to flooding, it might be time to consult with an experienced plumbing contractor about basement waterproofing in Etobicoke. At Rooter Group Inc., we’re able to provide free onsite estimates and will always recommend the correct approach to waterproofing based on the construction and design of your basement, as well as the specific problems you’re facing. Call us today to schedule an appointment!