Soaking rains on Wednesday saturate the ground, and if it's too much for the soil to absorb, it may end up finding a new place in your home.
"Once you get into the 2-inch plus range of rainfall, there will be quite a few basement and waterproofing calls coming in," said Bill Sweeney, owner of Mr. Home Basement Waterproofing in Wilbraham.
Sweeney and his crew not only look at rain runoff on the surface, but our recently snowy winter has also kept a lot of ground water surrounding the home locked up below the surface. Finding where the water is coming from is the important first step.
"If it's surface water - it's coming in from a wall, window, or hatchway - we would block that and address that with corrective action," said Sweeney. "If it's ground water coming up underneath you, we don't try to block that water. We try to capture that water with a sub-pump to relieve the pressure underneath the basement."
To relieve flooding coming from underneath the home, trenches are dug and pipes are installed around the perimeter of the home. Those pipes drain to a collection bin, where a sub-pump flushes the water out and away from the house. While older homes of stone or brick have more porous foundations that water can seep through, brand new homes can still experience basement flooding.
"Even with concrete foundations, it's still going to be prone to water seepage if there's a crack in that foundation or if the water is rising up underneath a new home." said Sweeney. "It could be a brand new home, but if you're in an area that's known for high water, that water is going to get into that basement."
Forecasts call for rain to continue through Thursday, with a flood watch in effect for Hampden County.
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