Massachusetts’ record rain means higher threat for basement flooding this spring

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There’s a high likelihood for basement flooding this coming spring. Record rain now, could mean more wet basements later on.

“Unfortunately for us, there is no typical home — everybody could be subject,” said James Kelly, owner of All Seasons Basement De-Watering. “If you have a basement, you could be subject to water leakage.”

No matter the age or condition of your home, if you have a basement, you’re at risk for water getting in. And that risk will increase after this winter. 

We broke the record for most rainfall in one year at the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee. And all that rain saturates the soil, contributing to the risk for significant flooding this spring.

According to UMass climatologist Michael Rawlins, this fall’s record rain could increase basement flooding and septic system failures after the snow melts and with the arrival of spring rains. You can protect your property, but there are no guarantees. 

 “A proper gutter system which will lead the water away from your home will help,” Kelly told 22News. “But what happens is we have so much water sometimes that as it’s coming down through the earth, it’s coming down below your foundation, if it doesn’t drain into the earth fast enough, what happens is water will find its easiest way in.”

The biggest complication from a flooded basement, aside from damage, is mold. Kelly said if you don’t get rid of the mold, it absorbs into all the materials in your home, which can be very bad for your health, and expensive to remove. 

So, prevention is key. If you keep the water out, you’ll avoid the damage and unhealthy mold in your home.

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