Common Causes of Flooded Basements

Due to the fact that basements are built at least partially or fully underground, they are often the culprits of drainage issues from heavy rains or burst pipes. Or, it can simply collect the aftermath of appliance that malfunctions such as an overflowing washing machine or dishwasher. Whatever the reason, getting water out of your basement is difficult and more often than not, will require professional assistance. ServiceMaster Cleaning and Restoration Services can help. We offer water damage restoration and cleanup services through central New Jersey and can help you identify the cause of your water damage as well as prevent mold growth as a result of the water damage.

The most common causes of a basement flood include:

  • Failure of or broken sump pump
  • Debris in the gutters or improperly installed downspouts causing drainage issues
  • Improper sealing or caulking from walls and flooring
  • Failure of or broken water heater


Drainage Problems

Your home or business’s drainage system is designed to make sure water moves away from the foundation of the building and out to the sewers. However, if your downspouts and other drainage systems have not been installed properly, or if your house was built on a hill and not designed to compensate for gravity, you could be in trouble. Downspouts should be at least five to six feet away from the basement wall and directed towards the street or backyard. When water collects nearby the foundation of the house, that’s when it can possibly leak into the basement. This can also happen when your gutters are filled with leaves or you don’t routinely clean them out. Gutters can’t do their job when they’re clogged!

Water Supply Line Problems

Whether it’s a sump pump, a hot water tank or the main water supply line, these potential water sources can cause real damage if not working properly. If any of these breaks at any point, it can flood a basement easily. Water supply lines often break due to sewage backup, aging pipes, improper build, or when they freeze and therefore crack and burst. Both water heaters and sump pumps should be inspected at least once a year just to make sure they’re working correctly.

The water damage restoration and mitigation experts at ServiceMaster Cleaning and Restoration Services can help you if you have a flooded basement in central New Jersey. We serve Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer, and Somerset Counties! Call today, we’re available 24/7 for emergency water damage cleanup.