Spring Brings Heavy Rains and Flooded Basements

Spring is typically the soggiest of 4 seasons across the country and for Cincinnati, it’s no different.  Water damage restoration companies and home insurance agent’s phones start to ring in early March as weather begins to get erratic with wind and rain and even snow.

Home and business owners will see flooded basements happen more often in the Spring. This is because an Ohio Spring delivers the right conditions for water to find its way to your basement, and here is why:

The Ground is Still Frozen

It can take months for the ground to thaw once temperatures begin to rise. The frozen ground can prevent water from absorbing into the dirt. This will cause gravity to push the water downhill along the path of least resistance. This can create flooding in unwanted areas, including your basement.

It’s Time for Ice and Snow Above the Ground to Melt

In addition to increase in precipitation, snow and ice buildup from the long months of winter is another reason for flooding during the Spring season. This can be worse when the temperature changes dramatically causing the thawing to happen at a faster pace. A rain event in addition to snow melting can really make flood conditions worse.

Temperature Changes and Your Foundation

Spring season in Ohio can have temperatures that range in the teens to the 70s. This can cause stress in the foundation of a home. The changes in temperature can cause a slight crack to expand and allow a way for water to find its way into your home.

Faulty Gutters

 Poorly functioning gutter that is broke or clogged can be an origin for water damage. During Fall and Winter months, your home’s gutters and downspouts can get clogged with leaves and sticks that can trigger unwanted water disasters. When a gutter doesn’t drain properly, the water can backflow and find a way into the siding and roof of a home. It will also prevent the downspout from carrying the water away from the foundation of your home. The water spilling over the gutters can then find a way into your basement through a weakness in the foundation, or a window.  

Failing Sump Pump or Power Outage

Some homeowners know the damage a failed sump pump can cause. It is a critical appliance and the reason why many home and business owners have a back-up system in place.

Like any appliance, a sump pump can fail. The difference is when this appliance fails, it can ruin your entire basement.

A power outage from a storm can knock out a sump pump. Ironically, it’s likely when you most need it as storms often bring heavy rains! A battery powered back up pump could save your basement.

It is a good idea to check your insurance policy to make sure you are covered from a faulty sump pump.

Now that you know some of the reasons Spring can bring water into your basement, you can do some preparation and enjoy the season without worry of a water disaster. If you’re ever in need of a water damage repair or cleanup, Clarke Contractors Inc. can help.