Homeowners deal with flooded basements after rain surplus

11:29 PM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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Norma Carter says water came into her basement through the crawl space.

(WBIR) Many East Tennesseans are dealing with flooded basements after a surplus of rain.

On Sunday morning, Norma Carter noticed her basement held about an inch of water.

It was Carter's first time dealing with flooding at her Oliver Springs home because she just moved in at the end of May.

"A disaster. Pretty much a disaster, wouldn't you say?" Carter said.

According to Carter, SERVPRO of North Knoxville pumped more than 2,000 gallons of water out of the basement.

"First of all, you gotta find the cause of the intrusion. If you don't know, it's going to repeatedly come back and you're just throwing your money away at that point," said Mark Sexton, co-owner of SERVPRO of North Knoxville.

Carter said the water came into her basement through the crawl space. She plans to keep a sump pump inside.

"We'll have to scrape all of that off and then I'm painting it. I'm not putting carpet down again," Carter said.

According to Sexton, mold spore counts outside are four to five times their normal rate this time of year.

Besides basements, roof leaks can create a problem for homeowners when it rains.

"No one wants to get on their roof when it's 90 degrees, 90% humidity, and start to caulk and repair, but this is the time of the year when they deteriorate and give away and you start having small leaks and those small leaks will cause mold," Sexton said.

Sexton also recommends homeowners check their gutters; sticks and leaves can clog the gutters, especially after severe storms.

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