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A few tips to avoid a flooded basement

July 10, 2017 by  
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Every house is potentially at risk of a flood.  Even if you live on the top of a hill, water from heavy rainfall or melting snow can make it’s way in, resulting in a flooded basement. Fortunately there are things you can do to reduce the chance of this happening to you.

There are a handful of things that contribute to a flooded basement. Below are a list of the most common:

Flooded basement

  •  Ground water can seep into your home due to poor drainage:
      • Cracks in your home’s foundation, basement walls, or basement windows or doors.
      • Improper grading or drainage
      • Failure in your foundation drain
      • Failure with your sump pump
      • Clogged downspouts backing up
  • From a sewer backup:
      • Waste water from the sewer system or a combination of waste water and stormwater from the combined sewer system back up into the the floor drain, toilets, sinks, showers or laundry room located in the basement.
      • Blocked connection between your home and the main sewer line, sometimes caused by stormwater backup.

Here are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of a flooded basement.

On the outside of your home:

  • Seal any cracks or openings in walls, floors, windows, foundations and window wells.
  • Clean downspouts of leaves and debris.
  • Make sure your spouts are draining properly at least 6 feet from your foundation walls.
  • Make sure the grading around your house slopes away from your foundation.
  • Add more plants, shrubs, etc. to help absorb rainwater and melted snow.
  • Keep any storm water grates clear.
  • Ensure drainage ditches between properties are clear of obstructions.

On the inside the home:

  • Make sure all plumbing and drainage systems are in good working condition. Homeowners are responsible for the plumbing from the property line to inside the home.
  • Know the location and condition of your sewer lateral (the pipe that connects the plumbing in your home to the main line on the street).
  • If you have a backwater valve or sump pump, be sure to maintain them properly, and what is needed to keep them operational during power outages.
  • Fix cracks, blockages or other condition problems.
  • Avoiding creating clogs
  • Do not flush down the toilet items such as dental floss, personal care products (including “flushable” wipes), condoms, tampons, or anything which can cause blockages.
  • Don’t pour any oils, or grease down the drain.

What should you do if you see water leaking into your home?
Call Mellon Certified Restoration! Our Certified Technicians will quickly respond with specialized equipment to minimize the damage by removing the water and starting the cleanup and drying process. All of our full service branches are managed and staffed 24/7.

To see a list of our local branch addresses and phone numbers for all of Mellon Certified Restoration locations, click here

How to Prevent Water Damage from your HVAC Unit

May 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Blog

Clean or replace your HVAC filters regularly.
When dirt and contaminants build up on your filters, particulate matter can start to build up on the evaporator coil. This material can then enter the A/C’s drain system, contributing to clogs.

Check your condensate drain.
As well as looking out for clogs, check to make sure that the main drain line and emergency drain line are properly connected and installed. The pipe can be knocked out of alignment; check to see that it’s oriented the right way. Installing a safety tee can help — this device cuts power to your A/C if the drain isn’t working properly.

Flush the drain twice a year.
Twice yearly, flush out the drain line to get rid of clogs. Some systems use pressurized water; others use compressed air. If you have a maintenance agreement the service technician will flush the line with pressure on his maintenance checkups.

Flush the drain with an algae killer.
Once a month, flush out your drain line with an algaecide. You can buy commercial prepared mixtures, although simple household materials work very effectively. A quarter-cup of vinegar poured down the drain line will disrupt the algal growth that forms many clogs.

Have your system serviced yearly.
An annual service performed by a properly licensed HVAC expert will in many cases catch blocked drains before they become an issue, as well as identifying other problems. Sometimes the cause of a blocked drain can be found elsewhere in the system.

What should you do if you see water leaking into your home?
Call Mellon Certified Restoration! Our Certified Technicians will quickly respond with specialized equipment to minimize the damage by removing the water and starting the drying process.  All of our full service branches are managed and staffed 24/7.

To see a list of our local branch addresses and phone numbers for all of Mellon Certified Restoration locations, click here