Everyone knows that April showers bring May flowers – but April showers also can bring flooding to your home. Small leaks may not be evident during winter months. It’s not until April showers move in and your basement is flooding that you even realize you have a problem. This article will explain the dangers of April flooding and what to do if rainwater damages your home.
How Does Rainwater Get into Your Home?
There are several ways rainwater can get into your home, including loose or missing flashings, a damaged roof, and cracks in the foundation. The most important thing is to identify the leak as soon as possible. As spring rolls in, it is the perfect time to check your basement and attic for leaks. Look for wet or dark spots on the ceiling and floors, or cracks in the walls, ceilings, and foundation of your home. It is also the ideal time to have your gutters cleaned to make sure excess rainwater is being guided away from your home.
Hazards of Basement Moisture
A little moisture in your basement may not seem like a big deal at first, but it can lead to extensive damage to the HVAC unit or water heater in your basement. It can also cause cracks in the foundation, which can destroy the structural integrity of your home. Moisture in your basement is also a prime condition for the growth of fungus, mold, and mildew. Toxins from this mold and fungi in your basement put your family at a higher risk of experiencing respiratory problems.
How to Deal with Flooding Damage
Basic household cleaners are not always strong enough to take care of the residual effects of flooding. After the flooding has subsided in your basement, call in a professional to get the job done right. Professional cleaners, like ServiceMaster, have the right experience, tools, and equipment to restore your basement even after the toughest flood damage. These professionals specialize in water damage restoration and mold removal to make sure dangerous toxins are removed from your home, keeping you and your family healthy and happy.
Don’t try to tackle flood damage alone. Contact ServiceMaster if your home experiences damages or the residual effects of flooding this spring to learn more about how you can ensure your home’s integrity and family’s safety while cleaning up.