Small basement leaks can cause big headaches!
Check your basement regularly
Springtime in Duluth brings a welcome relief from the cold winter months. As temperatures rise, it brings new life with it, but it can also bring problems that you might not realize. Many of the aging basements in Duluth will start leaking once the frost leaves the ground and the snow melts. If an unfinished basement leaks you may be tempted to ignore it, but this can lead to mold and mildew growth and could potentially spread throughout your house. Finished or unfinished it is a good idea to check your basement at least once a week during the spring melt.
I found water! What now?
Depending on the amount of water and what kind of materials are affected you may be able to fix the problem yourself. Consumer model dehumidifiers are just enough to keep a sealed basement dry, so if you have any significant leaks you will need to look at waterproofing your basement. If you have a sudden large leak the best thing to do is remove as much contents from the area as possible and contact Dryco to assess the situation. We have large dehumidifiers and the equipment to extract large amounts of water. If you a DIYer, Handyman has a great article on fixing problem basements here.
Insurance Coverage on basement leaks
Most home insurance policies in the Twin Ports don’t cover basement leaks. Basement leaks fall under “flood damage” and unless you have the flood damage rider on your policy, it is unlikely that insurance will cover it. If you live near a stream or in a natural low area with an older basement it would be a good idea to look into flood insurance. If not the best thing you can do is keep an eye on your basement to stop any basement leaks before they can cause damage. For more information on insurance coverage click here.