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Rain Leak FAQ

Published by 911 Restoration Portland on March 31, 2014 in category: Water Damage Restoration

flooded basementWhat are Common Areas for Rain Leaks?

Most rain leaks that enter the home are through the roof. Weather conditions can cause the roof to deteriorate which makes it hard to locate the spot at which the water entered. When the water goes through the roof it can ruin the ceilings, walls, floors, furniture and personal belongings.

How Can I Address Basement Rain Leaks?

To help protect your basement from rain leaks, you will want to use waterproof paint on the ceiling. The paint will need to be applied in all directions to ensure every small hole is filled. This will help ensure that rain water stays out of the basement. The concrete should be coated with fresh paint every few years just to ensure the holes stay filled.

Basements can costs thousands of dollars to remodel in order to turn them into a room to hang out in. If you want to find ways to help protect your basement from rain leaks, you should highly consider installing a sump pump. Many will even install a backup sump pump just to ensure they are protected. The sump pump will help pump water out of the basement. It will act like a floor drain whenever water is present. A battery-powered backup sump pump is perfect to have in case the main sump pump ever malfunctions or the power is out.

Can I Waterproof My Roof?

There are several types of roofs that can be coated in order to make it waterproof. Metal roofs, shingle roofs, tile roofs, and flat roofs can all be coated with a waterproofing system. When the roof is coated, it will not only protect the home from rain water but it will also help prolong the life of the roof.

When is it Time to Call a Professional?

If the basement is filled with water and the sump pump is not working or there isn’t one, it is time to call a water restoration company. A professional will be able to come to the location and pump all of the water out of the home. Then, they can help dry the affected areas and restore any damages. The technician will also be able to tell you what caused the leak and what can be done in the future to prevent rain leaks from occurring again. If any repairs need to be done to the roof to prevent rain leaks, it is best to hire a professional roofer to get the job done right.

What are Some Other Rain Leak Solutions?

The reason why most basements will retain water is because the soil will become overly saturated by the rain water if the rain stays consistent. One way to help ensure the rain is moved away from the home is by installing gutters. The gutters are designed to move all the rain water away from the home. If the gutters are not doing the job well enough, some will even install PVC pipes to take the water from the gutters underground and out to the street. These two options are great solutions to help with rain leaks.

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