WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) - After dipping into drought conditions a month ago, we seem to be seeing more rain than we need these days, way more.
Each rainstorm we get, without a break in between, increases chances that your basement will be flooded. With recent rain and more on the way, your basement may be at risk for flooding.
Our soaking rains have been raising the water table, which is the depth at which the ground is saturated with water. The higher that water table rises, the more your basement is at risk.
"If the water pressure is there and the water's coming up like that, the water will make its own way to the basement, i.e. it will start to crack and rupture the floor and simply start coming up through the floor," said Bill Sweeney the President of Mr. Home home improvement.
If the water's coming from below, sump pumps help pump out water before it gets up into your basement.
"Sump pumps have a life span just like everything else and they are intermittent use and sometimes when things don't get used a lot they need replacing once they are used," said Bruce Drewniary from Rocky's Ace Hardware in Agawam.
Sometimes a sump pump isn't the only solution to basement flooding. If the water is coming in from above like through a window, it might mean you have surface draining issues.
If your roof gutters are blocked or don't push water far enough from your foundation then water can come in your basement from the surface.
Wet Vacs can vacuum the water out, but you might need the professionals to fix the problem long term.
Even when water is removed, you'll also need to make sure get rid of any mold which could cause more problems.