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What Causes Basement Flooding During Dry Weather?

It may seem impossible that dry weather and basement flooding go hand-in-hand. Surprisingly though, basement flooding could still occur even when the weather is dry. Whether the weather is mild or extreme, you should still make sure that your home is protected. If you’re looking for basement flooding solutions, here are some common causes of basement flooding during dry weather and what do if you find yourself in that situation.
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Causes of Basement Flooding During Dry Weather

Blocked or Failed Sanitary Lateral

Just like roof shingles, or the pavement on your driveway, the sanitary sewer lateral can degrade over time. As a sanitary lateral degrades, tree roots can begin to penetrate it, or it can collapse due to deterioration. Additionally, the sanitary lateral can get clogged if something other than human waste or toilet paper is flushed down the toilet, resulting in a sewage backup. When this happens, your own home’s domestic wastewater will begin to flood your basement—this means that water from your shower stall, sink, or toilets can end up in the basement of your home. It is a good idea to have your sanitary lateral inspected every 5 to ten years, depending on how old it is.

Foundation Drainage Failure

Some homes are constructed in lower lying areas that tend to accumulate water more than others. In these cases, the foundation drainage system must be continuously working to keep the groundwater level around the foundation lower than the basement floor. This system can also degrade over time and get plugged by fine sediment. When this happens the ground around the foundation will begin to crease. This is known as seepage. Other causes for this type of flooding is sump pump failure and the weeping tile failure.

Hot Water Tank Failure

Hot water tank failure can occur if it’s not maintained or is overlooked during your home’s routine maintenance. If your tank is full or has not been serviced in a few years, you should probably have it inspected. Old hot water tanks rust, developing leaks and can become hazardous if they’re older than ten years. Some signs of a hot water tank failure include no hot water, rumbling and noise, scalding hot water, rusty coloured water, pressure relief valve leaks, and hot water tank leaks.

Flooded Basement Cleanup in Caledon

If you’re looking for flooded basement cleanup in Caledon, Mississauga, Toronto, Vaughan, or other cities in the Greater Toronto Area, Flood Services Canada can help you. We employ quick-response teams that can arrive in a flash to the problem site and begin drying your home and recovering any damaged belongings with precision and professionalism. We have helped homes and businesses across the GTA and will use the best techniques, personnel, and technology to ensure your home is clean, safe, and dry as quickly as possible. To reach our emergency hotline, call us at (416) 999-3930. Our main office can also provide you with more information on water damage services and useful tips for different types of cleanup scenarios.

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Chad Vanvari

Chad Vanvari has over 20 years of experience as a cleaning & restoration professional. He started out in Montreal, establishing a commercial carpet cleaning company in the early 1990’s. By 2001, Chad had relocated to Toronto and now had extensive knowledge and experience in responding to fire/water related emergencies. He has been instrumental in the cleanup of several catastrophic floods. Currently, Chad is the president and owner of Flood Services Canada, a 24/7 emergency service restoration company.