8 Common Problem Signs Reported In New Hampshire
- Vertical cracks
- Damp spots on the basement wall
- Water coming up through sump pump pit
- Carpet in basement is damp
- Doors hard to open
- Windows hard to close
- Cracks in chimney
- Chimney separating from home
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.
- Start drying the basement as quickly as possible in order to minimize wood decay or growth of mold.
- Never turn on wet electric appliances because they may cause an electric shock, overheat, or start a fire.
- During hot humid months, using a dehumidifier in the basement can reduce condensation on the walls. This may work better after you’ve sealed air and duct leaks to reduce the amount of humid outdoor air you are bringing into the basement.
- De-clutter your basement: Move important documents upstairs and replace cardboard boxes with plastic containers. Raise items up on concrete blocks.
- If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes act quickly to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
- Basements flooded with surface water, seepage through walls, or backflow from sewer lines often suffer little or no structural damage from the water, because the water inside braces the walls against the pressure of outside water and waterlogged soil.
- ^ "Tropical Storm and Hurricane Flood Risk
",FEMA, July 2015, p. 1
- ^ "Cleaning a basement after a flood
- ^ "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home