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Flooded Stairs

Sometimes, basement stairways and entrances are placed independently from the remainder of the house, making them subject to water damage. This damage can lead to a host of other issues.

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The last thing you want to deal with is a flooded basement. Things get more complicated, though, when you find out that the flooding was caused by a leaking hatchway or exterior stairs. The good news is that repairing flooded stairs is easier than it might seem if you have help. It all depends on where to start.

What Causes Flooded Stairs

Flooded basement stairs can happen for several reasons, including the following common causes.

Hydrostatic Pressure

This is a common culprit when it comes to a hatchway leak, which will soon lead to flooded stairs. When precipitation meets your basement’s structural supports, hydrostatic pressure is a force that works against your home. Your basement floors, stairways, and other structures will warp and shift because of this moisture pressing on them. In response to the rapid changes in size that they’ve been subjected to, stress fractures may begin to form inside those materials. Through the cracks in your house, you could be letting in even more moisture, especially when the moisture leaks directly from the hatchway and onto your basement stairs.

Leaking Pipes

It is unfortunate that the pipes that bring water into your home are not waterproofed when they are first installed. They can leak if they get too slack at the joints due to exposure to humidity. Your pipes may burst open if they are harmed by this type of damage. Additionally, you may be forced to deal with full-blown floods in your basement and basement stairs as a result of the added moisture in the air. If nothing else, a broken pipe introduces extra moisture into the air, making it more difficult to manage the hydrostatic pressure in your basement.

Tree Roots

Your basement’s structural integrity may be compromised by trees, even if they are not actively attempting to damage your hatchways or stairs. Gravity pulls your foundation down into the voids. As the remainder of your basement’s structural supports continue to sink, your hatchway may be able to become misaligned at its joints. Trees cannot be removed from your property by professional basement technicians, nor can they trim away tree roots. As an alternative, speak with local tree removal and landscaping experts to learn more about the options accessible to you. Because tree roots might weaken the structural integrity of your home, you’ll want to act fast if that’s a concern.


Rain is frequent throughout West Virginia, so it’s important for your basement to be watertight. Without the proper protection in place, your basement will flood every time it rains. Water can seep inside the walls as well as through hatchways and stairs. The best way to repair and protect your basement is to contact the expert team at Basement Authority of West Virginia for a free inspection and estimate. We’ll evaluate your basement and recommend solutions customized to your unique repair needs. These include an interior drainage system, grated drainage pipe, a sump pump, and a dehumidifier.

In order to fix your basement’s flooded stairs, you must fix the underlying issues that allow water to enter. Of course, this is more difficult than it appears, and takes specialized training and knowledge. Because of this, you should hire a basement repair professional. Repairs done by trained professionals ensure that the issues at hand are completely evaluated and dealt with. As a result, you can rest assured that the root of the problem will be located and addressed. Fixing the water problem in your stairwell will also help to avoid it from happening again in the future.

It’s never simple to estimate the expense of basement repairs like flooding from hatchways and stairs. After all, each home has its own set of difficulties that professionals must handle. Before installing any drainage solutions, experts will need to see that any damage to your basement, for instance, that has already occurred has been repaired. However, based on the size of your home, you can typically estimate how much home repairs and waterproofing installations may cost you. Homes that have more severe damage or that are larger than the average will cost more to protect. However, if you want to have a better idea of how much your hatchway repair and installation may cost you, it’s always advisable to get in touch with the experts in your area.

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Our staff at Basement Authority of West Virginia has the knowledge and tools necessary to completely waterproof the basement of your house. Your basement’s water damage will only become worse if you don’t pay attention to indicators of water damage like flooded stairs. Keeping tabs on your home in Charleston, Huntington, and Wheeling is so critical.

When it comes to dealing with a wet basement, you can rely on us because we’ve dealt with similar situations across West Virginia for many years. Please contact us if you suspect that your basement stairs are flooded. A free, no-obligation inspection of your foundation, crawl space, or concrete basement is available upon request.

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