Are You Aware of the Hidden Dangers of Basement Flooding?

Is there water in your basement after a heavy rain? Obviously a major basement flood is a catastrophe that requires your immediate attention, but you may not realize that even the most seemingly insignificant flooding is a major problem.

The dangers of water damage aren’t always visible, and the hidden dangers of basement flooding are often more devastating than the water itself.

If your basement is wet after it rains, it’s time to consider waterproofing your basementAt Larry & Sons, we offer basement waterproofing in Hagerstown in the surrounding areas.

Signs of Moisture in Your BasementBasement Waterproofing Hagerstown

Finding your basement full of water is the most obvious sign that you have a problem, but there are several subtle signs that you shouldn’t ignore. If you’ve noticed any of these things in your basement, you have a problem that needs to be dealt with promptly to avoid further damage.

  • Damp, humid air
  • Respiratory problems
  • Visible mildew, mold or fungus
  • Standing water
  • Spots or cracks on walls

Complications of a Basement Flooding

Basement flooding can have devastating consequences, and it’s important to note that many homeowner’s insurance policies don’t cover water or flood damage. Immediate damage to your possessions is a top concern when it comes to flooding, but it’s not the only thing you should be worried about.

Excess moisture in your basement can lead to cracks in your foundation and seriously compromise the structural integrity of your home. It can also cause wood beams and supports to rot.

If you’re like most people, your HVAC system and water heater are located in your basement. If your basement is damp, the moisture can cause serious damage and even lead to premature system failure. If your washer and dryer are located in your basement, they’re at risk, too.

All those things can be replaced, but the most serious risk of moisture in your basement is to your health. A wet basement is a serious health hazard. Damp areas are the perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew and fungus, and these things are all known to cause respiratory problems. If you have standing water in your basement, it may also put you at risk for electrical shock should wires or electrical components come in contact with the water.

Basement Waterproofing in Hagerstown

Whether you’ve had a major flood or you regularly notice a damp feeling in your basement, now is the time to consider basement waterproofing. At Larry & Sons, we are waterproofing experts, and we will work with you to find the solution that is most appropriate for your home. For a limited time, we’re offering a FREE GENERATOR to anyone who invests in a Larry & Sons Waterproofing Solution. Don’t wait until the the moisture in your basement gets worse, schedule a free consultation for basement waterproofing today.

How Sump Pumps Prevent Flooding and Moisture Problems

It’s the end of National Hurricane Awareness Week, but it seems like the rain is just getting started. With rain and thunderstorms this weekend, we want to share some important information about basement waterproofing and how a sump pump can prevent flooding.

But it isn’t just flooding that we should be worried about. Even a small amount of moisture in your home can cause structural problems, electrical fires, mold, and mildew. Sump pumps are an effective way to keep your basement dry, foundation strong, and your home free of health hazards like mold and mildew.

If you have a basement with wall that look like the picture below, you should definitely invest in a sump pump. Not only will this reduce very expensive repairs down the road, but it will instantly create better air quality in your home.

Sump Pump
© iStockphoto/ Rob Broek

How a Sump Pump Works:

Sump pumps are normally installed in a sump pit in the lowest part of your basement. It collects water through a drainage system in the soil. The sump pump gathers the water from the surrounding soil and pumps it far away from the home.

How a Sump Pump Works

There are two main types of sump pumps:

Submersible sump pump – this type of sump pump is displayed above. They sit at the bottom of the sump pump pit and have waterproof protective housing to avoid water damage.

Pedestal sump pump – as you may have guessed, these sump pump models sit on a pedestal, about at the top of the sump pump pit. This prevents the motor from getting wet.

While pedestal models are cheaper and last longer, submersible units tend to have greater efficiency and are less susceptible to clogging. Both both types use a ball float to tell when to turn on or not. Once the ball float rises up to a certain level, the pump turns on and begins to pump water away from the home. As the water level recedes, the sump pump will turn off.

You will also want to consider if you want a backup system for your sump pump in case of a power outage. Since sump pumps run on electricity, they won’t work during a power outage, when you might need it most.

Sump pumps have been a staple in many home where melting snow or heavy rains cause flooding problems. According to, “the U.S. Federal Clean Water Act in 1987 has made sump pumps a requirement in homes that aren’t necessarily at a high risk for flooding.”

Even if it was just one flood, it could end up costing you all of your savings. As with many things, preventative maintenance is essential. If you could avoid $30,000 worth of damage with $1,000 in preventative care, wouldn’t you do it?

It can be hard to find the right sump pump for your needs, but the highly trained technicians at Larry & Sons can help you determine the correct brand and model for your home.

Larry & Sons sump pump installations, maintenance, and repairs are backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you ever have a problem with you sump pump, we will come back and make the necessary repairs.

If you have a sump pump already, it is recommended that you schedule professional maintenance once a year to ensure the whole sump pump system is working properly.

For a more in-depth explanation of the different types of sump pumps, how to use them, and how to keep them running, see this video from NDSU Extension Service:

If you have a moldy or musty basement, have the professional at Larry & Sons  install a sump pump system in your home. We will walk you through all of your sump pump options to choose the best solution for your needs. We also recommend waterproofing your basement to help further prevent any mold from growing!

Call at 301-733-5428 for choosing, installing, repairing, and maintaining your sump pump. For over 65 years, we have been providing Hagerstown and the surrounding areas with quality plumbing services. Make us your first call!

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