Basement flooding

By Deborah Gallup

Moved in to house in Jan 08, and 2 weeks later, 2 inches of water in basement.  Landord stated originally basement had some seepage, and to keep dehumidifier running.  Have kept that running, Water has been pouring into basement  with each rain.  Sump pump was put in and helped some, with promises of fixing basement leakage for the last 6 months.  Now mold is growing out of floors and walls.  My question, is cost of moving all of my things from basement.   Nowhere to put them and suggestion is to rent container to put things in while work is being done.  Should landlord be responsible for that cost?   I can’t afford it.   All I have done for 6 months is to move things around in basement to keep from being destroyed.  Now landlord says it is all my responsiblity to move things and pay for any expenses involved.  Is that right?

Edited on: Sunday, July 17th, 2011 4:35 am

7 Responses to “Basement flooding”

My response: (We welcome stories, examples, explanations, answers and a touch of your personality)
 

Jim

June 13th, 2008 9:59 am

Your landlord isn’t responsible for your belongings, this is why you would want to carry renters insurance. I would suggest contacting your insurace company to see if they are willing to cover the expense.


Melissa Rankine

June 4th, 2010 6:52 am

What if the landlord is not doing anything to fix the flooding basement because they said it would cost too much money to do that?


Wendy

January 19th, 2011 6:03 am

Our basement flooded due the landlords faulty washing machine hose busting. This incident occurred on December 12 at 8 pm. The landlord just spent 1000.00 to update the bathroom in the basement as there were small Nat looking bugs everywhere and spreading through the house. We rent through a rental agency and we reported the flood immediately to both the rental agency and the landlord. The landlord called back at midnight and the rental agency didn’t call back at all. With water on top of this old shag carpet and a horrible smell and myself being a clean freak, we took the carpet and pad outside trying to save the bathroom from any water damage. The landlords has not replaced the carpet and now the bugs are back. The landlord did slip up and tell us that the toilet had overflowed prior to us living there and she had the carpet and pad aired out hence the bugs. Any sugggestions???


Basement flooding

July 27th, 2011 4:05 am

Basement flooding should take place immediately after a mold problem is discovered. Mold removal cost will depend largely on the size of the problem. There are numerous bathroom mold removal products on the market, all of which will kill mold, but in smaller cases of mold removal, bleach based solutions will do quite nicely.


Basement flooding

August 4th, 2011 1:57 am

Research shows that almost 100% of all basements will suffer some form of basement floodingat some point in their existence. “Almost 100%” translates into “it’s certain”. It makes sense, too, because basements are the single lowest location in any structure, and excess water is always going to flow downhill. Put the two together and you have an unwelcome flooded basement.


Basement flooding

August 27th, 2011 5:04 am

Thanks for such a nice post but don’t forget to check out the exterior of your home as well. Clogged drains, gutters, or downspouts can be major culprits when it comes to channeling water in the wrong direction. Additionally, landscape slope can play a major role. Landscaping should always slope away from your home. Sloping towards it means the risk of channeling excess water into your home and not filtering it away from it. Even re-landscaping your yard is preferable to repairing major basement flooding.


Kate

August 30th, 2011 5:59 am

Great Post…I absolutely like that..
Really the best most wonderfullest :)
Further I would like to add about water damage local, Research shows that almost 100% of all basements will suffer some form of basement flooding at some point in their existence. “Almost 100%” translates into “it’s certain”. It makes sense, too, because basements are the single lowest location in any structure, and excess water is always going to flow downhill. Put the two together and you have an unwelcome flooded basement.


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