Flooded basements after heavy rainfall

flooded basement

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — While some people spent the day off enjoying Christmas Eve, there were many in the Quad Cities area cleaning up a mess after the rain on Wednesday.

One home in Bettendorf has a basement completely drenched. “We found a small hairline fracture, a crack in the foundation,” said Kory Schultz, owner of Absolutely Dry Basement Waterproofing Inc.

A friend of the homeowners, John Melheim, says they spent four hours helping rip out the carpets, “It’s not fun to have to cut open the whole wall in the basement […] there are several hundred gallons of water.” After they removed the carpet on their own, Melheim and his friend called Schultz’s crew to fix the crack.

Schultz says this is an unusual time of year for flooding and he received more than 20 calls in 24 hours. “We had a phone call yesterday that she cancelled Christmas at her house because of the water that hasn’t stopped coming in. Your heart breaks for people in those situations.” So Schultz and his coworker worked hard on Thursday to give families a merry and dry Christmas.

He has a few recommendations for homeowners. The first is to address problems outside of your house. Make sure your gutters are clean and that water is running away from your home. Another tip is to make sure your sump pump is working. He recommends switching it out every 5 to 10 years.

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