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How to Handle Water Damage In Your Orlando Basement

Jul 26, 2008
A basement is a wonderful space to have in your house. It can be used to store items from around the house that you need to get out of the way. It's also a great place for a washer and dryer to be housed. Nothing prevents making the most of having a basement in Orlando more than havin water seeping and trickling in. Using the basement for the most common uses, which are for storage and laundry equipment, can be really hindered because of water or moisture. There is no way to convert a basement into a living space as long as a problem with water seepage exists.

If you are having major flooding problems in the basement, then consulting a professional to have the problem solved is probably going to be the best step to take. Some water damage problems cannot be fixed by an amateur house repair individual as much as a typical homeowner could. Get several estimates before you hire a professional and make sure they are licensed and have a good reputation as well.

Your Orlando homeowner's insurance policy may cover fixing water damage and its source if it was not a preexisting problem when your house was insured. Homeowner's policies vary widely and may have little or no coverage when it comes to water damage especially when flood damage is a factor. If your basement water problem is not severe, then you may be able to take care of it yourself.

A dehumidifier might help to fix the water problem if you have damp walls in the basement. If there are specific wet areas you can easily see, such as big wet spots on the floor, or a specific wet spot on the wall, then you are probably havingEdealing with problem. It is necessary to find the source of the water damage and take steps to remedy the situation. The sooner the problem is taken care of the less severe any water damage will be.

The gutters outside the house can be the culprit of large wet spots on the inside and the outside of a basement wall. With Orlando's rainwater it could be creating puddles too close to the cement foundation. Sometimes simply adding an extension to the bottom of your gutters can solve this problem.

If you see obvious cracks in a block or missing mortar between blocks, this could be the source of the leak and repairing the very spot could fix the problem. Simply open the area up by using a hammer and chisel and remove any loose mortar. Be sure the crack is free of debris. Use special cement to repair the crack. First, wet the spot to be repaired using a spray bottle, mix the cement according to the directions. The mixture should have just enough ball with a handful. Begin the ball into the crack until it is completely filled. Use a trowel to remove any excess cement before it starts to set up. A stiff brush can be used to smooth the surface after it dries.
About the Author
Richard Barthallo enjoys sharing his life experiences and is a legend at Water Damage Restoration Orlando. He has assisted or advised on many Water Damage Orlando extractions.
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