How Melting Snow & Rain Storms Contribute To Basement Flooding & Mold Growth

Spring weather in Central New York is usually defined by melting snow from usually heavy winter snowfall and rainy weather patterns usually on a three day cycle from the prevailing jet stream. All of this rain and melting water fall onto frozen or frost bearing ground best described as the tundra of Alaska.

With all this present water flow, snowmelt and rain, the water tables and the subterranean aquifers begin to creep up to their seasonal high water lines. Flowing high waters feed these water tables and ultimately push up to form pressure beneath your basement floor. This pressure bleeds off water into your basement through seams in places like the cove area of your basement, the area where your wall, floor and footer join. Water can and will force up through cracks in the floor as well. When this happens, there is but one repair, the installation of a hydrostatic pressure relief system below your floor.

A hydrostatic pressure relief system is simply a drain that is installed on the inside perimeter of your basement to bleed the water from beneath your floor. As a result, this prevents the buildup of pressure and ultimately seepage into your basement living space. Excess water is then pumped out via sump pump from a central collection point from the perimeter drains.

Basement Waterproofing understands how the weather in Central NY can impact your basement.

Many homeowners have severe ponding, or pooling of water, in their yards during this time of year as well. This is due to excess water and the still-present frost line preventing the ground from soaking up any ground water. Keep in mind that 10 to12 inches from every heated basement exterior wall does not freeze from the frost. With a poor grade sloping to your perimeter foundation, it will be more like a spillway into your backfill. And, that will cause excess water into this vulnerable area leaving your basement prone to water seepage. You backfill will actually become like a moat to your basement foundation.

Your basement is at a turning point for the next several months as you begin the humidity season. Excess water or moisture will allow the growth of mold in your basement. From this point forward, leaving the low humidity, low dew point of the winter season; your basement will be a factory for mildew and mold growth. Basement Waterproofing, Inc. can help solve the issues that cause this. We’ll take all the necessary measures to ensure your basement remains dry and mold and mildew-free. For your convenience, we’re fully staffed during normal working hours to answer your calls – just call us at (800) 439-4951 and we’ll be glad to help you.

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