Basement flooding in Bethesda MD

Are you dealing with basement flooding in your Bethesda, MD home? We sure hope not – that’s one of the worst, most problematic things that could happen to your home. The reality is that few things are more destructive than water, and the damage even moderate basement flooding in your Bethesda, MD home can be catastrophic, with damages running into the thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars.

Before we can fix it though, we’ve got to understand what the underlying problem is. Where basement flooding in your Bethesda, MD home is concerned, there are two possibilities. The first and most obvious is a busted pipe. Easy to spot, and easy to fix, although the cleanup will still take some time. Still, if this is the issue, count yourself lucky. It can be (fairly) quickly resolved.

The other possibility is a drainage issue, or to be more specific, the lack of drainage around your home.

If your house was built on a low-lying area of your property, then it’s almost certain to have drainage issues, which the builders should have been aware of before they started building. What should have happened is that during the early stages of construction, they should have installed a French drain, which would have diverted water safely away from your house.

They may have done that, but in the intervening years, something could have happened to the drain to clog or damage it to the point that it’s no longer doing its job. If that’s the case, the problem is bad, but not as bad as it could be. We just find the problem with the drain, fix it, waterproof your basement, then fix the damage in your basement and you’re all set.

The worst case scenario is that, for whatever reason, no drain was ever installed. In that case, the problem is still fixable, but it’s a much larger project. We’ll need to do some serious excavation, exposing your entire foundation. This will enable us to install a French drain retroactively, waterproof your basement, then move to the interior to attend to the damages there.

The first thing we’ll do, of course, is come out and assess your situation so we can get a handle on the root cause of the flooding. Once we know that, we’ll give you a no-obligation estimate so you’ll know exactly what it will take to fix the problem once and for all. Then, assuming you’re comfortable with our estimate, we’ll get to work, and before you know it, the issue will be solved and you’ll have one less thing to worry about and tremendous peace of mind.

Problems like these are never fun to deal with, but you don’t have to go it alone. Call us today. We’ll be there when you need us.

Basement flooding in Beltsville MD

Is your basement flooding in your Beltsville, MD home? It’s a serious problem because few things are more damaging to home and property than water. Obviously, the first order of business is to solve the immediate problem, but until and unless the root cause is addressed, it’s bound to happen again in the future.

Barring some plumbing calamity, if you’re dealing with basement flooding in your Beltsville, MD home, then the water’s coming in from the outside, and in quantity. In all likelihood, the issue is that you don’t have a proper drainage system in and around your home, and you may not have one at all.

In that case, any time it rains, water collects right up against your house where it supersaturates the soil, damages your foundation and exerts tremendous pressure on the walls of your basement. Over time, this leads to cracks, and long before your basement flooding issues began in your Beltsville, MD home, you probably saw seepage as the cracks began to grow. The air in the basement probably smelled musty and felt so humid that it had a thick, damp quality to it. Then, of course, things got worse, and now you’re looking at major damage, not to mention the probable loss of some (or all) of the stuff you were storing in the basement.

As bad as the problem is, there is a solution, and we can help. Even if you’re a committed “do it yourselfer,” if things have gotten so bad that you’re seeing flooding, this isn’t an issue you want to try and tackle alone. While there are a few DIY fixes you can use to patch cracks and do at least some waterproofing, those are stopgap measures at best, and none of the DIY fixes address the root of the problem, which comes down to poor or nonexistent drainage.

Your home should have had a French drain installed around it when it was first built. It’s possible that it did, and over time, the drain has become clogged to the point of inoperability. If that’s the case, a bit of excavation will reveal the drain, and we can isolate and fix the problem fairly inexpensively.

On the other hand, if your home just never had a French drain installed in the first place, that’s a bigger project. It’s still fixable, but will require excavating around your house to fully expose the foundation and install the drain, with the objective being to redirect the water safely away from your home. Once that’s done, we can fix the damage to the basement walls and see to it that the issue never comes up again.

You don’t have to go it alone. Help is just a phone call away. Call us today.