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How to Deal with a Flooded Basement
A flooded basement can cause serious problems if you don’t know how to address the issue. Before you contact us for flood damage restoration, there are some things you should do as soon as you notice that your basement is flooding. First, shut off all power to your basement as well as any gas. Do not enter a flooded basement if the power is on or you run the risk of life threatening and/or serious injuries from electrical shock. If your basement is flooding due to a storm, wait until the storm has passed before you inspect the area. Always wear protective boots, gloves, and eyewear when entering a flooded basement. Hip waders are also advised to keep you dry. Look for the source of the flooding so you can determine how to stop the flow of water. Turn off your water main if it’s from a leaking or burst pipe.
Once you find the source, you can start to remove water from the basement. A sump pump cab be used to help get rid of excess water. If you don’t have a sump pump, you should call a flood damage restoration company as soon as possible so they can bring their equipment in and get the water out ASAP. Move everything out of your basement and put it outside or in another well-ventilated area away from your home. A sunny spot outdoors is a good option if it’s available. Make sure everything is completely dry, then inspect for signs of mold after 48 hours. If you notice mold is present, it’s best to file an insurance claim to recoup the cost of replacing your belongings. If your basement has carpet, it will need to be removed as soon as possible so the floors underneath can dry out. Contact our flood damage restoration company so we can help you get through the stress of a flooded basement.