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Local basements, houses seeing flooding from oversaturated ground


As Tri-States roads and fields are falling victim to recent flooding, area basements are also filling up with water.

Local clean up company ServPro says its been getting calls from all over the Tri-States. ServPro of Quincy received 15-20 calls Monday morning, including some storm related calls.

When water has no place else to go around your house, it can start to seep into your basement. One house visited by ServPro crews had this exact problem, caused by hydrostatic pressure.

"Basically the pressure from the outside ground force is pushing up against the foundation, walls, the concrete slabs, and basically any area that the water can find to migrate through. It's coming through and into the structure and basically filling up basements with ground water," Aaron Smith, Production Manager at ServPro, said.

The first thing they do is find out where the water has spread to in the basement.

"We've got monitoring equipment where we go through check carpet padding, drywall, baseboards, trim, cabinets, that kind of thing," Smith said. "Find out exactly what's wet and how wet is it and what's it going to take to get it dry..or can it be dried."

Smith says you can prevent basement flooding by inspecting your sump pump regularly, once every six months.

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