My Basement Flooded, Should I Get an Attorney?

Stepping down into the basement to find a water pool a foot or higher is one of the most frustrating experiences a homeowner can have, especially when he or she was under the impression the basement was watertight or the pump would work reliably when water started to appear. And with the amount of storage and appliances people often store in the basement, the damage can be considerable, in addition to the primary home structure mitigation that has to occur to prevent mold. In short, a flooded basement can cost thousands of dollars to fix, and the causes are multiple.

Ways a Basement Can Flood

One of the common reasons a basement can flood tends to be broken or leaking pipe. If the water line is connected to the municipal feed to the house, it will be under constant pressure. Whether that line is leaking or entirely broken, if it has a substantial gap, it can fill a basement with a good amount of water in a few hours, easily overwhelming a working pump in the floor system.

Another cause can be a malfunctioning washing machine. Many folks place their appliances in the basement to save space as well as to cut down on noise. Washing machines have two possibilities for leaks – a line feed into the machine, and the drain line out. The feed line into the machine ends up being the same problem as above, but it can be limited by the machine to some extent. The drain line failure will essentially be the water capacity of the machine, but that can still make quite a mess, especially for any furniture and boxes stored near the spill area.

A third cause could be poor foundation design and work. Generally, basements are made of cement. Cement is fundamentally porous. Ideally, the home or building the basement is part of has sufficient drainage away from the building that water doesn’t collect right onto the foundation. If it did, eventually the water would weep into the basement as the point of lowest gravity. Poor drainage design is a primary cause of this kind of problem.

How Property Damage Lawyers Can Help

Basement floods often occur because something has gone wrong. If all systems in a home are working as they should, basement flooding is rare unless the entire region the home is in goes under water, such as in a levee break or a storm surge. Instead, internal flooding is almost always associated with mechanical failure associated with the water lines going in or out of the home. While in some cases this occurs due to age and simple wear and tear on equipment, many times it’s because of poor design or poor installation. When that’s the case, premises liability lawyers can do quite a bit to help.

Substandard plumbing has been a recurring problem, especially in newer homes that property insurance claim attorneys have had to deal with. Parts and lines are sourced from various vendors, not all of which produce a product that is high quality. Cost-cutting and pressure to build puts a lot of homebuilders in the pinch to get things done fast to sell new homes. Both issues can contribute to plumbing systems. The same can go for poor building and foundation drainage. Built incorrectly, pooling water can be a disaster for a basement, and it’s almost always preventable. Again, a good property damage attorney from PALUMBO LAW can pin down who was responsible for what, what should have been done in the build, and where a professional standard failed. And that, in turn, can be responsibility and recovery for your losses.

There are lots of lawyers for property damage who will take cases, but the key is finding experience with specific property water damage lawyers. The difference in a case representation can be notable. PALUMBO LAW can help; call us to find out more!