5 Things to Do if Your Basement Floods
We’ve received many calls over the years from customers whose basements have suffered some kind of damage. But one of the most common issues basement-owners face is flooding. Whether it’s due to a burst pipe, a storm, or some other cause, flooding can be a major problem. If you own a basement and don’t know what to do if and when it floods, then this is post is for you.
- Turn off the power. Immediately turn off the gas and/or electricity because it’s never safe to enter a flooded room when your power is still active. If you are unable to turn off the power, do not enter the basement until somebody is able to do so.
- Identify the source. Once you identify the source of the flooding, it’s best to address it as quickly as possible. If a burst or leaky pipe is the problem, shut off your water immediately and call somebody to repair it. If it’s from rain or outside flooding, it may be best to wait until it stops before attempting to start cleanup. (Note: Please wear gloves and appropriate clothing when entering a flooded room. The water could quite possibly be contaminated and unsafe for contact.)
- Start removing the water. Assuming you’ve completed the first two steps, it’s time to start removing the water because the longer it sits, the more likely you will have mold and other damage. You may have already called a disaster restoration company (which we highly recommend to prevent the aforementioned problems), but you should still begin the extraction process. You can use buckets, a sump pump, a mop, etc., but the main point is to get the water out as quickly as possible.
- Begin drying out the basement. Once most of the water has been removed, you can focus on drying out the room. If there wasn’t much flooding, you might be inclined to do this yourself by placing several fans around the room, but be aware that if it’s not dried properly, you are leaving yourself open to mold and structural damage. If you’re not sure what to do, or if there was a lot of flooding, you will want to hire a disaster restoration company.
- Keep humidity low. You would ideally do this during the drying process as well, but it’s important that you use a dehumidifier or similar device to keep humidity at a relatively low level. Mold is one of the biggest problems that comes from water damage, but without much humidity, it is not very likely to grow. If you hired a restoration company, this should be taken care of for you.
Basements might seem like an easy target for flooding, but all is not lost if yours ever becomes a victim. If water fills your home or business, contact your local water cleanup company to help you through the process and make it “Like it never even happened.”