Thunderstorms are never fun. The strong winds and heavy rain that come along with a storm can create many problems for homeowners. City sewers sometimes just can’t handle the sudden onslaught of water. This causes water to back up and flood basements, or the water can saturate the ground to the point where it will just seep right in through your basement. This massive water damage could often be prevented by keeping the foundation is good repair.
You could have one big mess left to clean up after the water has finally gone away. You need to quickly remove all of the moisture that has been left behind to prevent other problems from occurring.
Address Hidden Moisture
When and if water damage occurs in your home, you need to make sure that everywhere gets dried thoroughly, including spaces that you cannot see. The wooden studs that help to make up your wall may become damaged after your home has taken on standing water. One sign the studs could be damaged is if you can see water lines running along your drywall. If this occurs, you need to remove and replace the damaged drywall. But don’t worry; replacing drywall is a relatively inexpensive task. When replacing the damaged drywall, look for any other signs that water has entered your walls. A dehumidifier can be used to dry-out wood, but any damaged insulation needs to be removed and replaced.
If any porous items such as towels or rugs get wet and you would still like to keep them, be sure to wash them thoroughly in hot soapy water. Storm water can carry and contain chemical runoff and other pollutants, which can soak into anything that has retained water.
A Wet Basement
If your basement has ended up wet from a heavy rain you can likely blame the lack of proper exterior grading for this unwanted situation. Suppose you have a slab patio that is against the home. Naturally, it should gently slope away from your home’s foundation but as time passes, the concrete could settle. During this settling it’s possible for water to start collecting on the surface. Well, this water needs to go somewhere and that likely ends up being down in the ground, around the foundation, possibly seeping into your basement and causing damage there.
If you’re tired of addressing the mess left behind every time you get heavy rains, you might need to consider a foundation repair professional to come inspect your home and advise on the necessary steps to fix it for good. You might be able to fix it by waterproofing the basement but again, a professional could better advise you on how to take action and protect against a wet basement. You will find the best Tulsa foundation repair professionals at Eden’s Structural Solutions. Contact us today for all your foundation repair needs!