What is Hydrostatic Water Pressure and why is my basement flooded?
Homes in Western Montana can experience issues with hydrostatic water pressure. This can be a major problem for homes that can cause foundation damage and result in flooded basements.
When there have been excessive amounts of moisture, such as melting snow and/or rain, surface water can surround foundation walls and floors or cause soil around homes built on slabs to expand and contract. This water or soil expansion can create an enormous amount of pressure on the foundation or slab which can lead to cracks, holes and ultimately damaging leaks.
Below are a few preventative tips to help keep your foundation dry:
- Check gutters and down spouts: Repair or replace if damaged and make sure that downspouts extend at least 6 feet away from foundation walls.
- Inspect exterior foundation and basement walls & floors. Fill small cracks with epoxy on exterior walls, and use a masonry sealer on the inside. If major leaks are occurring, contact a professional contractor.
- Check landscaping and irrigation systems to make sure water is flowing away from your foundation. If water is pooling around your home, seek the advice of a landscaper or excavation contractor on ways to direct water away from the house.
- Clean and maintain sump pumps. Test them periodically to make sure they’re working correctly.
If you currently have water coming into your home, sump pumps can help remove the water. Take steps to remove or elevate personal belongings to minimize damage, then call SERVPRO of Missoula at 406-327-9500. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to help prevent the growth of mold and repair the damage to make it “Like it never even happened."