Flood Risk after Heavy Rain
Homeowner Concerns Rise as Melting Snow and Heavy Rains Flood Area Basements and Crawl Spaces
Spring will soon be in full bloom and as anticipation builds along the East Coast, hopes for a smooth transition to warmer weather have quickly been dashed. After record-breaking winter storms dumped upwards of 36 inches of snow in some parts of the country, the pending arrival of spring has confronted homeowners with another nuisance- basement flooding and flood risk.
Manassas, Va. (March 12, 2015) – Spring will soon be in full bloom and as anticipation builds along the East Coast, hopes for a smooth transition to warmer weather have quickly been dashed. After record-breaking winter storms dumped upwards of 36 inches of snow in some parts of the country, the pending arrival of spring has confronted homeowners with another nuisance— basement flooding.
“The combination of melting snow and heavy rain creates ideal conditions for flooding. That water can push against the foundation and enter the basement or crawl space through cracks, holes and leaks,” said JES Foundation Repair’s President and Owner Jesse Waltz, P.E. “Homeowners should address water intrusion problems as soon as possible to avoid mold growth, wood-rotting fungus, structural damage, loss of valuable possessions and other headaches.”
It’s not quite spring yet, but Waltz says the company has been inundated with calls about flooded basements and crawl spaces. Compounding the situation is the fact that many basements house important electrical components, so once water gains access into those areas, the end result can be dangerous. Waltz advises homeowners to never step foot in a flooded basement where there are electrical outlets and suggests calling a professional contractor instead.
“It’s best that homeowners steer clear of hazardous conditions and contact basement waterproofing experts to remedy the problem. There are several reasons why a sump pump fails or a basement floods. A qualified professional will identify the water source and provide a solution to keep the basement or crawl space dry in the future,” Waltz said.
Sump pump failure usually happens after periods of extreme cold or heavy rain. The below-freezing temperatures and snowfall amounts experienced across the region this winter have contributed to a slew of flooded basements and therefore, a rapid flow of business for local waterproofing companies.
“We’re primed for a very busy stretch,” said Joe Rusk, senior vice president at JES Foundation Repair. “Flooding can affect anyone. Taking precautions to repair or prevent water damage is a wise and necessary move.”
When asked about the best time to prepare for possible flooding, Rusk says the sooner, the better.
About JES Foundation Repair
JES Foundation Repair, established in 1993, designs and installs foundation support systems, crawl space moisture management systems and basement waterproofing systems in residential and commercial properties. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, JES Foundation Repair has been included in the Virginia Chamber of Commerce “Fantastic 50” four times and consistently recognized as one of the 50 fastest-growing companies in Virginia. In addition to several worldwide industry awards for sales, JES Foundation Repair has been listed multiple time among the Best Places to Work in Hampton Roads. It has also received the Small Business of the Year Award by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. The company has three offices that serve Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and northeastern North Carolina.