If you live in a flood zone, or are experiencing heavy rain, you may have concerns about water leaking into your basement through the window wells. Immediately, the only thing you can do is mitigate the damage as it happens.
Using a sump pump in the window well will help extract the standing water, and cause less seepage through window seals. Prior preparation is needed before ground water rises to prevent property damage nightmares. Structural damage, sewer system back-ups, wet carpet, ruined furniture, damaged appliances, and any of your belongings that were in that area are now soaked. Pro Restoration has been helping residential and business owners deal with the cleanup since 1992.
While most damage from ground water is not a covered peril, you should always think and react as if it was. If you wait too long to mitigate, you will increase the property damage, and hazards to your family’s health.
SO, what can you do? If you are experiencing a flood from heavy rains you’ll need to limit the amount of standing water, but you’ll have to wait out the storm. After the water has stopped rising and starts to recede, you can start the restoration process.
Call an experienced Certified Professional Restoration team to respond, and start the cleanup for you. Taking in consideration that this may not be a covered loss, schedule your appointment during regular business hours to avoid after-hour emergency fees.
Get an estimate, Professional Restoration offers FREE ESTIMATES during business hours. Don’t just get take the lowest bid, make sure you understand the size of the affected areas to repair, and the entire scope of services that are included. Protecting your home is not low-budget, and neither should your decision which Restoration Contractor to choose.
What You Can Do To Prevent Ground Water Damage in the Future
In addition to backfilling your window well with pea gravel or some other rock material to help with drainage, installing a “dry well” can also help reduce the potential for flooding.
A dry well involves creating a 10-foot trough away from your home (best done when digging the hold for the window well), making is sure it actually slopes away from the window. Drainage tile and pea gravel should be used to fill up the channel, with a perforated barrel being buried at the end of it.
After it is re-covered with soil and re-landscaped, the drainage channel will not be visible but it will provide an extremely effective way to help carry water away from both your window well and from your home. Excess water gathers in the barrel, slowly dissipating in the soil that surrounds it. A plastic barrel that holds between 30 and 50 gallons of water should be quite effective in reducing many if not all of the flooding issues you might encounter during the year.
This effective way of avoiding flooding possibilities is pretty easy to install since you’ll need the same materials that are being used to install the basic window well itself. Simply account for a bit more pea gravel or backfill to be used, as well as a plastic drum. You can easily perforate the drum yourself by using an electric drill. Its effectiveness will more than pay for itself in the end.
Of course it’s true that there’s not much to be done to prevent catastrophic flooding, but a dry well is very effective in reducing severity and frequency of minor flooding.
If it’s too late to prevent the damage, call on our team to quickly respond and start to repair and cleanup. From fire to floods, and all damage in-between, the team at Professional Restoration is equipped and ready to assist you now. We have emergency services that provide 24 hour coverage to your investment property.
You can count on Professional Restoration to Respond, Recover and Restore your home and life back to order. If you’ve experienced flood, fire or smoke damage, call on our certified team to schedule a free estimate: 303-922-4001