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The Most Common Basement Plumbing Problems

Your basement is often forgotten when it comes to matters of plumbing. However, it is an area of your house that can have some very unique problems when it comes to the topic.

Basements can face issues that include flooding, mold, frozen pipes and backup. Here are the most common plumbing problems for your basement, and some tips on how to solve them!

  1) Flooding

Your basement is the lowest point in your home, and gravity plays its part when it comes to flooding.flood in the street

It is often situated partially or fully underground. This makes it easy for water to gather and collect in the area if anything were to happen.

There can be many causes of flooding in your basement. These include:

  • Poor weather and flooding by diffusion
  • A burst pipe in the walls or upstairs
  • Sewage backup
  • A faulty drainage system

Finding the source of the flooding problem can be difficult. You may want to call your plumber if the situation seems out of control or there is a large amount of water.

   2) Backup

Since your basement is so close to the ground, you can often face problems with sewage backup. This can be a common problem in older homes that do not have updated sewage systems.

Sewage backup is very common when the weather has been poor. They can be a result of an overflow in the drainage structure in your house.

Your sewage system can reach its capacity and the excess liquid can end up backing up the drain and seeping into your home.

   3) Mold

Mold can happen within the walls, floors or carpets of your basement. It is also not limited to your basements and can appear all over your house. However, it is more commonly found in basements underground.

Mold is due to excess moisture in the room. It is most commonly caused by diffusion through the frame of your home if it is not properly weather proofed.

Mold can happen when there is any moisture in the home It is a good indicator that you have a leaking or burst pipe in your walls, or a moisture related problem.

Mold is common in and around your bathroom where there is most likely to be water damage due to excessive moisture from showers overflowing, baths, toilets or sinks splashing water to the walls or flooring.

   4) Frozen Pipes

frozen pipes Because your basement is so close to the ground, or even underground, it can often seem significantly colder than the rest of your home.

This can even be the case if you turn the heat on because warm air rises to the upper levels of your home.

Your pipes can often freeze in the wintertime if your home isn’t sufficiently insulated. The best way to prevent this is to be sure your insulation is up to date.This is especially true if you live in an older home.

When your basement pipes freeze, the water or sewage system simply stops flowing and becomes icy and solid.

This can cause major blockages and can lead to burst pipes if it is not dealt with efficiently.

Give Us A Call

The basement is often home to many unwanted plumbing problems. Whether there is a burst pipe, a backed up drain or unexplained moisture, you may want to get a professional opinion.

At Hillcrest Plumbing and Heating we have over 50 years of experience with all types of plumbing problems.

We offer 24/7 emergency service, so we can be there for when you need help the most. Contact us, and get the professional help you need today!

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