Flooding Threatens Basements Across Pennsylvania

Heavy rains have left much of Southeastern Pennsylvania flooded.

Erdenheim, PA - July 1, 2013

Flooding Threatens Basements Across Pennsylvania - Image 1With heavy rains like the ones that left much of Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania waterlogged, there is always a potential for homeowners to be left with a flooded basement and damaged belongings.

Flash flood watches were issued Monday for the Philadelphia region including Montco and Delco as heavy rains continued to soak the area. With torrential downpours and already saturated ground, the potential for flash flooding increases significantly. According to the National Weather Service, urban areas, areas with poor drainage and basements are at risk for flooding.

The month was one for the record books, said to be the rainiest June in history in Philadelphia, with a recorded 10.56 inches of precipitation. Just because June is over, doesn’t mean residents are in the clear. According to, July tends to be the average wettest month for the Philadelphia area.

The National Weather Service urges homeowners to prepare for a flood by building an emergency kit and making a plan of where to go in case of an evacuation. They suggest elevating the furnace and water heater if possible to protect against water damage. To keep water out of the basement, the weather service recommends constructing barriers and sealing basement walls.

"While preventative measures should be taken to protect against a flooded basement, the truth is, sometimes we don't think to act until it's too late and our belongings are ruined," says Brian Quinn, owner of BQ Basement Systems, a basement waterproofing contractor serving Greater Philadelphia. "Basement flooding can be detrimental, but with help from a professional waterproofer like BQ Basement Systems, the cleanup will seem a lot less daunting."

Any time it rains, flooding is possible. Just because a basement doesn’t have a history of flooding, doesn’t mean it will never happen. Preparedness can minimize potential flooding damage and accelerate cleanup. A wet basement contractor can pump out water, prevent mold and install preventative equipment like sump pumps and drainage systems.

BQ Basement Systems is an award-winning basement waterproofing and foundation repair company with over 16 years experience serving the Greater Philadelphia area, including Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Reading, Trenton, Norristown and nearby. They specialize in fixing wet basements, crawl spaces, concrete waterproofing, foundation repair, foundation waterproofing, interior basement waterproofing, mold control and more.

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