Temporary thaw causes some concerns for basement flooding

Updated: 02/19/2014 5:16 PM
Created: 02/19/2014 5:06 PM WHEC.com
By: Josh Nichols

While we may be excited to see some of that snow melt away, the warm up also has some people concerned about basement flooding.

It was delightful to be able to enjoy those 50 degree temperatures Wednesday.  However, this temporary thaw can cause problems for homeowners who may be caught off guard by all the melting water that results from the spring like warmth.

News10NBC visited a home out on Bluhm Road in Perinton Wednesday afternoon. The homeowners were having some work done on their house, enlisting a company known as Everdry, to seal up cracks that had formed in the foundation over time. For this property, the problem was two-fold. They are battling a rising water table that’s working its way into the basement from the ground up and they are battling the runoff from snow melt that’s coming from the outside in.

News10NBC talked with Neil Delves, a foundation inspector, for Everdry, about what steps could be taken to keep the foundation dry. The system he showed us was quite sophisticated and fairly elaborate, but the premise was simple, direct water away from the foundation from both the inside and out.

Delves said, "With a regular sump pump system, you have to always make sure they are running, obviously, especially this time of year, because of the snow melt and runoff, because if they fail and you haven’t got a backup, your basement has opportunity to flood. This way we brought this system out here to protect the foundation in case of failing. We put two pumps in, not just one.”

Runoff is not the only issue when this warmth hits. Icicles melting and dripping down the side of the house can cause issues for your home's foundation as well.

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