Sump’in to Talk About
It sure has rained a lot in Park Cities lately. All this rain means the ground is saturated and water may begin to collect. Water near the foundation of your home is never good – but the type of foundation you have will determine the best way to keep it dry during spring storms.
You always want to make sure that water drains away from your home. If your home has a concreate slab for its foundation, any standing water could cause cracks which could then lead to increased moisture and eventually structural damage. There are drainage systems and even landscape modifications that can protect your slab foundation from water damage.
On the other hand, if your home has a pier and beam foundation – or even the rare basement – then you can install a sump pump to pump out any water that collects during heavy rains.
A sump pump is a device with a basin and a pump that sucks the water through a tube and away from the house. Usually located in the lowest part of your basement or crawl space, the pump eliminates water and maintains a consistent moisture level underneath your home. Regular inspection when it’s not raining is important to make sure it doesn’t get clogged and drains properly when it does rain.
When we get a high amount of rain in a short amount of time, flooding can occur. Many people don't know it, but most homeowner's insurance policies cover water damage caused by an overflowed sink or bathtub, but not flood damage caused by storms. Another precaution is to understand what your policy does and doesn’t cover so you are informed in the event of a flood.
We handle all types of water damage at SERVPRO of Park Cities. Whether you home floods from rain, a leaky roof, burst pipes, or faulty appliances, we have the equipment needed to extract the water and thoroughly dry the affected areas to get your home feeling “Like it never even happened."