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Waterproofing for Atlantic Hurricane Season | NJ Waterproofing

June 1st commenced the Atlantic hurricane season, which will continue through November. An average season is comprised of 6 hurricanes, three of which are classified as “major.” Despite the slow start to Atlantic hurricane season, there are indications of THREE storms forming: Ana, Bill, and Claudette.

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We’ve already had our first hurricane of the season, Danny; however, you may not have even noticed it since it was so small. Scientists have predicted that due to El Niño in the equatorial Pacific, this year’s hurricane season will be the tamest in almost a decade. 

BUT – a prediction is just that – a prediction. And from what we’ve learned in the past, it’s better to be prepared for the worst as hurricanes are one of the most destructive forces of nature. In fact, there is currently a series of storms heading our way from West Africa.

Scientists are reporting a series of storms and showers developing in the mid-Atlantic right now. To give you an idea of just how destructive a hurricane can be, here are some statistics from our most recent hurricanes:

  • Hurricane Sandy (2012) caused $50 billion in preliminary damages, killing 147 people
  • Hurricane Isaac (2012) caused an estimated $2.5 billion in damages, killing 34 people
  • Hurricane Irene (2011) caused $7.3 billion in damages, killing 49 people
  • Hurricane Thomas (2010) caused $350 million in damages, killing 44 people
  • Hurricane Ike (2008) caused $29.5 billion in damages, killing 103

Because of how catastrophic hurricanes can be, even if it is predicted that we’ll be experiencing a mild hurricane season, it’s better to be prepared than caught off guard. Even if our area doesn’t see a hurricane, flooding can still occur.

Because the rainwater is continuing to rise, it’s imperative that you be on your toes at all times, ready to respond to anything that comes your way. 

Why You Should Invest in Basement Waterproofing

One of the best things you can do as a homeowner is spend the time, money, and effort to get your home waterproofed, especially your basement. Many of us are still recovering from the onslaught of storms and showers from last year. The longer you wait to address the core problems of your wet basement, the more vulnerable you will become.

Small leaks develop into larger leaks and could end up causing serious damage, resulting in very expensive repairs. If you notice any of these first warning signs, give Gold Medal Service a call to assess your current water and dampness issues and recommend solutions:

  • Mold, Mildew, & Fungus
  • Dampness/Discoloring
  • Odors – Rust
  • Aggravation of Allergies
  • Respiratory Ailments
  • Clogged Gutters/Downspouts
  • Heavy Soil Saturation
  • Water Accumulation
  • Water-Damaged Foundation

The main sources of basement flooding are leaking pipes, condensation, water runoff, and underground seepage. If you notice any of these signs or even suspect a problem, it is always a good idea to have a professional inspect your home to avoid major repairs in the future. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Basement Sump Pump

One of the best and easiest things you can do is install a sump pump in your basement to prevent flooding and sewage issues. Now, this won't fix the root cause of your basement flooding problem and is not a waterproofing solution, but it will prevent your home from getting flooded, especially from subsurface seepage., A sump pump works by gathering water from underneath and around your foundation and pumping it away from the home, such as a city drain.

The best advice we can give you is to protect your home against the damaging effects of hurricane season by making your home and basement as storm-resistant as possible. With the 3 tropical storms developing in the Atlantic right now, you will probably experience a hurricane or storm in the near future. Keep the water outside where it belongs by investing in professional waterproofing solutions for your NJ home. Since the Atlantic hurricane season is still in its early stages, you still have time to protect your home from heavy rainfall.

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