How to sell your house with a flooded basement

If every time it rains you find yourself tip-toeing down to the basement to see if you have damp or dry carpet, then this blog is for you. Whether it’s snow or rain, a leaky basement can be susceptible to flood damage. Find out how to sell my house as is with a flooded basement.

What is flood damage?

Flood damage is caused by a natural disaster such as a hurricane or heavy rain. Flash flooding, sump pump failure and roof leaks can also cause flooding. There is a difference between flood damage and water damage. Water damage is caused due to plumbing issues. Common issues include a backup from a toilet, flooded air-conditioning, or an overflowing washing machine.

Common issues due to flooding?

When it comes to flood damage, everyone is at risk. Based on the severity of the flood, repairs may need to be made and they can be expensive. Find out what common damages floods cause and how to prevent them. 

Structural and electrical issues

Your home's structure can be weakened after a powerful flood. Due to the impact and rapid moving water, the foundation of a home can be separated from the structure of the home. Loose and buckling floors or foundation cracks can be a good indication of structural damage. Electrical damage is also common. If you notice frayed electrical wires it’s a good idea to notify an electrician to inspect the wiring in your home.

Appliance damage

Any appliances in your home can be ruined after a flood. Common appliances include heating, air conditioning, water heaters and refrigerators. Turning off the electricity of the home after a flood is important until it is deemed safe by an electrician. 

Mold

Mold or mildew can be present on a damp service after 24 to 48 hours. Places to check for mold include drywall, flooring, insulation and any personal items that may have gotten wet during the flood. 

Septic and well water systems

Due to large amounts of debris after a flood, it is hard for septic tanks to accept water. A flood eater can have sediment that can contaminate drinking water, so you should get it inspected as soon as possible. 

Tips for prevention

If soggy socks and constantly checking your basement after a storm are things you’re trying to avoid, try these tips to avoid basement flooding.

Check the foundation for cracks

If you inspect your foundation and see cracks, your basement is at risk for flooding the next time snow or rain appears. Small cracks can be sealed with caulk but bigger cracks require a professional.

Clean gutters

If your gutters are clogged then there is a chance they can overflow during a storm. This can cause water to flow into your basement.

Check the grading

Rainwater needs to drain away from your home's foundation. Check that the ground slopes away from your home to ensure rain can’t flow into your basement. If it doesn’t then you should consider re-grading the ground so the rain can’t enter your house.

Sump pump

To make sure excess water can’t enter your house, a sump pump is a good option. They pump away excess water and pump it outside before it can cause flooding inside. For it to work properly, you have to keep the pump well maintained.

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