8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Mississippi
- Water on the basement walls
- Water on the basement floor
- Sump pump isn't running
- Sump pump not pumping water out
- Water enters at floor/wall join
- Basement smells "musty"
- Efflorescence on basement walls
- Dampness in the basement
Important Facts and Data To Understand
- Hurricane Season ends November 30, but flooding is a year-round risk for Gulf State residents. Above-average rainfall in the winter increases the risk of widespread damage from coastal flooding, ice jams and snow melt.
- Rain gutters: Maintain the gutters each spring to repair damage from snow loads and each fall to clean out leaves and debris. Add extensions to downspouts to take roof water run-off 10 ft. (min. 4 ft.) away from the foundation. Install splash blocks.
- Start cleaning your furnishings as soon as possible. Your aim should be to thoroughly dry and clean the house before trying to live in it or have permanent repairs made. Early efforts should include taking furniture, rugs, bedding and clothing outside to dry and prevent mildew.
- Over 60 percent of homes have a leaking basement. Wet basements tend to be one of the most frequent complaints of homeowners. If you have a damp basement, musty odors, efflorescence ("white powder"), or minor water leaks, itis important to fix it now before it gets worse or more costly, and before it has the potential for causing indoor air quality issues.
- Between 1994 and 1998, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building Assessment Survey and Evaluation (BASE) study collected information about the indoor air quality of 100 randomly selected public and privateoffice buildings in the 10 U.S. climaticregions. The BASE study found that 85 percent of thebuildings had been damaged by water at some timeand 45 percent had leaks at the time the data were collected.
- Do not drain water inside the basement until most of the water on the outside of the walls has gone down. This will prevent the walls from being pushed in or the floors from heaving.
- Turn on electric lights in closets and leave doors open to dry the dampness and humidity.
- ^ "Winter Flooding In The Gulf
- ^ "Home Clean-Up and Sanitation Safely Cleaning A Flood-Damaged Home
- ^ "Cleaning a basement after a flood