8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Connecticut
- Water leaks through walls
- Basement floor is wet
- Water drops on pipes
- Sump pump doesn't work
- Musty smells
- Water where floor and wall meet
- Powdery substance on walls
- Damp feeling in basement
Important Facts and Data To Understand
- Residents in coastal communities are not the only ones who should prepare for hurricane flooding. Tropical storms and hurricanes are powerful systems with the ability to travel far from the initial strike zone. Once inland, they continue to bring powerful winds and heavy rains. In 2011, Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc along the entire Atlantic Coast, breaking 26 river flooding records throughout New York, New Jersey, and Vermont alone. As a result, there were nearly 44,000 paid claims totaling more than $1.3 billion.
- Turn on electric lights in closets and leave doors open to dry the dampness and humidity.
- Moisture causes problems for building owners, maintenance personnel and occupants. Many common moisture problems can be traced to poor decisions in design, construction or maintenance.
- Rain and snow get inside. Rainwater, surface water and ground water, including snowmelt, may enter a building through leaks in roofs, walls, windows, doors or foundations. In most climates, rain is the largest source of waterin buildings. Rainwater intrusion can cause great damage to the building itself and to its contents.
- Homeowners' insurance does not cover flood damage. This includes water leaks in a basement.
- The best way to control dampness and mold indoors is to control the sources of moisture. Common problem areas include air-conditioning units; basements, attics and crawl spaces; bathrooms; humidifiers and dehumidifiers; and refrigerator drip pans.
- If you have a large amount of water in your basement or if there is no basement drain, you may need to buy or rent a sump pump to get rid of the water.
- ^ "Tropical Storm and Hurricane Flood Risk
",FEMA, July 2015, p. 1
- ^ "Moisture Control Guidance for Building Design, Construction and Maintenance
",EPA.gov, December 2013, p. 1
- ^ "Mold and Dampness