The Dangers of April Flooding in Massachusetts
April Showers Bring May Flowers, As Well As Flooding!
As winter ends and spring gets into full swing, snow and ice will be melting. However, it may be too early to relax and enjoy the weather. The melted water can cause flooding in Massachusetts, and that water may wind up in your basement. When your basement gets flooded, it can cause all sorts of damage that can cost you lots of money. MillTown can tell you all about the damage flooding in Massachusetts can cause, as well as how to best prevent it.
Mold and water damage.
A soaked basement is a perfect place for mold, mildew, and fungus to grow and flourish. Molds of all sorts may not seem dangerous, but they can pose a wide variety of health risks, especially black mold. Some of the earlier symptoms caused by mold include respiratory problems, eye irritation, and skin rashes. In extreme cases, overexposure to mold can cause neurological problems or even death. When you have black mold, you’ll have to call in a specialized cleaning service to get rid of it, possibly costing you thousands.
Meanwhile, water damage can cause major damage to your home. Just some of the problems a flooded basement can cause include cracks in the walls and foundation, sinking floors from weakened structures, and rodents attracted by the water. In addition, the dampness caused by flooding can be a fire hazard. If you have any appliances in your basement, they can short circuit from the water, possibly causing a fire.
How do I prevent it?
There are a variety of preventative measures you can take as a homeowner to avoid basement flooding in Massachusetts. You’ll want to make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean, your septic systems are clean, and there aren’t cracks in your house’s foundation. It’s also a good idea to look at your home’s landscaping and consider how parts of it might cause pooling water near your property.
However, one of the best ways to protect against basement flooding is a sump pump. Sump pumps take water from basements and crawlspaces and dumps it in the wastewater system. If you already own one, that’s great. However, you also have to keep it maintained. If a big storm is heading your way, make sure it’s working properly. You’ll also want to consider having a generator for it as well as a backup sump pump.
How can MillTown help me with flooding in Massachusetts?
MillTown has been helping homeowners in Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire with their homes for forty years. Our licensed professionals are able to provide affordable and effective solutions to your problems and honestly answer any questions you have about our work. If your home does wind up the victim of flooding, we can provide emergency service that’ll arrive the same day you call us. If you need high-quality service from a trusted source, call MillTown today!