As Rain Keeps Falling, More Homeowners Seeing Water Come Up Into Basements

May 28, 2019, 6:42 PM | Updated: 6:43 pm

DRAPER, Utah — We all know we need the water in Utah.

However, you can’t blame anybody if they’re ready for more sun to poke through those rain clouds.

Especially when all the rain starts becoming a problem.

“Yeah, you’re going to get some seepage,” said Tony Wilde.

Tony Wilde, Utah Disaster Kleenup

Tony Wilde, Utah Disaster Kleenup

Wilde works for Utah Disaster Kleenup, a restoration company, and said more people are starting to call them about water getting basements.

It’s not because something in their home broke — it’s because of all the rain causing an over-saturated ground where water has nowhere else to go.

It starts to seep into some basements through cracks in the foundation.

“Because we haven’t had any drying spells to draw some of that out, the water table just keeps rising because we’re just putting more and more water into the ground,” said Wilde.

The unfortunate part is there’s really nothing you can do to prevent it.

One tip is to keep down spouts from rain gutters from spilling close to your foundation.

Wilde even suggests using a sump pump in window wells where water collects.

However, catching the problem as quickly as possible could keep a small problem from getting bigger.

“What you want to try and do is be vigilant in checking your basement as far as looking for those wet spots, pulling the carpet back, pulling the carpet pad,” said Wilde. “The biggest thing is to get it away from the water because the pad actually radiates the water everywhere.”

Catching the water in time is important because, if left unchecked, wet carpet, wood and dry wall could cause mold to grow.

In some cases, pieces of the drywall may need to be cut.

“That keeps everything open so you don’t get mold,” said Wilde. “We’re able to dry it with fans and make sure that mold doesn’t keep creeping up somewhere further in the house. The damage, if we get to it early, can be very minimal.”

It’s also natural to want to replace your pad and carpet right away if it’s wet.

However, Wilde says you should wait until Mother Nature is done bringing rain before putting everything back just in case more rain keeps falling.

“Unfortunately, she’s not allowing that, so you just have to be patient and let the drying process take its time.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

(Photo courtesy: @STEMUtah/Twitter)...

Kicking off Utah’s STEMfest with Casey Scott

Thousands of students are getting ready for this year's Utah STEMfest in Sandy.
14 hours ago
Tamara Vaifanua

Cedar City to honor beloved teacher with a park

There’s an effort underway in Cedar City to honor a beloved teacher who lost her battle with breast cancer earlier this year.
14 hours ago
(Derek Petersen/KSL TV)...
Josh Ellis

Suspect dead, officer injured after South Salt Lake shooting

One person is dead and a South Salt Lake police officer was injured after shots were fired early Tuesday morning.
14 hours ago
Domestic violence organizations saw a significant increase in request for shelter during the pandem...
Ashley Moser

Advocates encourage victims, perpetrators to seek help as domestic violence increases

Domestic violence organizations saw a significant increase in requests for shelter during the pandemic.
2 days ago
UDOT says it spend over $1.5 million on fixing potholes in the last fiscal year, FY 2022....
Matt Gephardt & Sloan Schrage, KSL TV

Submitting a claim to the government for pothole damage? Good luck with that

A pothole can do serious and expensive damage to your car. But as Get Gephardt found, if you hit a bad spot on a Utah road, don’t expect the city or state to rush to pay for your repairs.
2 days ago
We All Belong logo....
Debbie Worthen

Parent advocacy group celebrates kids with special needs

A rally in Draper brings hundred of people together to celebrate inclusion for kids with special needs.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
As Rain Keeps Falling, More Homeowners Seeing Water Come Up Into Basements