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Leaky roofing and leaky pipes can cause a lot of damage to a house. If you don't act quickly, these two problems can result in major repairs that can get quite costly and complicated. My blog will show you how to identify these problem areas and how to judge the severity of the damage sustained. Having restored a few homes over the years before selling them, I have a lot of experience working with water damaged homes. I hope that all of the information that I have included here in this blog will help you get through the process with fewer issues.



water leak damaged homes - the restoration

How To Prevent Basement Flooding When House Is On A Sloping Lot

by Paul Burton

It is common in certain parts of the world for houses to be built on a slope. This causes storm water to flow hillside down toward your house. You are going to have all kinds of flooding problems. Your basement is going to be significantly affected by your house being on a slope. Read on to find out what to do about basement flooding.

Build A Retaining Wall

If your house was built on a slope, then you need to build a retaining wall. A retaining wall is a structure that holds the soil behind it. It is constructed from a variety of materials. These materials include concrete blocks, treated timbers, poured concrete, boulders and rocks.

You must ask yourself several questions about the building process. These questions are about height, location, landmarks nearby and the condition of the ground. The answers to the question helps with determining whether you need a geogrid reinforced wall or a gravity retaining wall.

What Type Of Wall?

A geogrid reinforced wall uses reinforcement to strengthen the structure of a retaining wall. The reinforcement improves the wall ability to keep the soil behind the structure. A gravity retaining wall relies on its weight and setback to hold back the soil. A setback refers to distance the retaining wall offsets back into the slope. It helps the wall support the pressure of the soil behind it. This wall prevents the flooding problems you would have without one.

Waterproof Your Basement

You want to prepare your basement in case water seeps through the foundation. Taking advantage of basement waterproofing services prevent from having to clean up a flooded basement. This service will take a variety of measure to prevent water from getting inside the interior. Your basement should be checked for holes. If you find any holes, then you want to seal them with hydraulic cement.

It also helps to apply a coat of waterproof masonry cement on the inside of the walls of your basement. A downspout is a pipe that carries rainwater from the roof to the drain to ground level. You can attach flexible extensions to the ends of your downspouts. This attachment carries the water away from your foundation.

If you are concern about flooding, then you should have a technician to inspect your basement. A technician can tell you what to do to protect your home. A flooded basement can lead to health risks and cost you to clean up the mess.