8 Common Problem Signs Reported In North Carolina
- Basement floor is wet
- Damp spots on basement wall(s)
- Carpeting is wet
- Water overflowing from sump pump
- Drywall is damp
- water leaking in through cove area
- Efflorescence on walls
- Basement has a damp smell
Important Facts and Data To Understand
- FEMA and the State of North Carolina issue a “Flood Insurance Study” (FIS) report for each county in North Carolina. Section 5 of the FIS report describes the engineering methods used to analyze both coastal and riverine flooding in a particular county.
- Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, and mold. These can become airborne and be inhaled, putting people at risk for lung disease.
- 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.
- If you have standing water on the floor of your basement after a heavy rain then it is likely from a leak in the foundation.
- Heavy rains can cause flooding, which can lead to serious structural and other damage to your home. Water can ruin drywall, carpeting, furniture and major appliances, and can cause mold to grow.
- The recommended approach after removing interior moisture sources is to evaluate the gutters, downspouts, and surface grading around the house. These should be corrected first and may solve the problem. Then, if a moistureproblem persists, proceed with an interior or exterior drainage system. If your goal is to finish a basement that has water problems, it is recommended to first deal with the water problem.
- The potential for moisture problems exists anywhere building components are below grade, whether you have a basement, crawlspace, or slab-on-grade foundation
- ^ "Coastal Flood Studies
",NCFloodMaps.com, March 2004, p. 4
- ^ "Cleaning a basement after a flood
- ^ "Basement Moisture Problems
",Needhamma.gov, p. 1