Water damage restoration for your Orange County home is essential after any flood, no matter what the cause is. Basements are among the most susceptible areas of the home to water damage because they are below ground, making flood avoidance a top priority. Review ways basements sustain water damage to help you maintain a dry subterranean space. 

Clogged Gutters

Gutters clogged with leaves, twigs, animal nests, and other debris often cause rainwater to back up under roofing shingles. They also allow rainwater to spill over their sides and pool around your home’s foundation. Water enters foundation cracks and basement window frame gaps, potentially causing major damage and mold growth.

Clean your gutters at least twice a year to prevent roof and basement water damage. You might also need to use a downspout extender that ensures water flows away from your home instead of pooling. Gutter guards help as well, as they prevent large pieces of debris from entering the drainage system and causing blockages. 

Improper Grading

If the soil surrounding your home’s foundation does not slope away from the property, it invites rainwater in. If you recently needed flood cleanup services in your Los Angeles home because of severe basement water damage, take a walk around your perimeter. You might need to schedule grading services to promote efficient drainage during storms. As with gutter cleaning, grading also prevents nearby plants, flowers, and shrubs from turning yellow because they are waterlogged.

Malfunctioning Washing Machine

Washing machines can leak for numerous reasons, such as overloading the appliance, a drainpipe that is not fully attached to the drain hose, and deteriorating gaskets. A washer that is off balance can also leak. No matter why your washing machine is leaking, shut it off and schedule appliance repair services. Clean up the water with old towels and check the basement for mold growth signs that require remediation, such as musty odors. 

Faulty Sump Pump 

Your sump pump is designed to prevent basement flooding by turning on as soon as water hits its basin. However, this important device will not turn on if there is a problem with the motor or another mechanical issue. A clogged basin can also prevent the pump from turning on. Check the pump once a month by pouring water into its basin–if it turns on, you’re in good shape. If it doesn’t, clean the basin or schedule repair services. 
For mold removal services in Orange County, please contact Mold Masters today.

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