Basement Flooding-What To Do When It Happens To You

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Basement Flooding-What To Do When It Happens To You

Finding your basement flooded is a horrible feeling. First, disbelief and panic set in. If you are prepared and know what to do in such a situation, it will enable you to keep a cool head and proceed in a manner that will relieve the stress of such an event. Here are some quick tips to follow during a basement flood:

Tips for Basement Flood:

  • Electrocution is always a danger! Be sure all our electricity is turned off before venturing into the water-laden area.  
  • Call your trusted local plumber.
  • If the flood is severe, call a specialist or your local fire department to help with the water removal.
  • Call your insurance company to check on your flood coverage.
  •  Be sure to dry out all your water-soaked items to prevent any mold growth. This can begin quite quickly if not addressed.
  • Keep an itemized list of your belongings.
  • Wear protective clothing such as masks & gloves.
  • Wash & dry those items immediately after use.
  •  Remove rugs or pull them completely back from the wet area, drying the wet portions of the carpet with a fan or carpet extractor.
  • Rent a carpet cleaning vacuum/extractor that is capable of pulling up all the excessive water from your rug(s).
  • Provide as much ventilation as is possible.
  • Run a dehumidifier immediately and continuously until it is fully dried out. Afterward, your dehumidifier should be set at 35% and run year-round.
  • Be sure there is no structural damage to your foundation.
  • Run fans to assist in drying out the space and your belongings.
Keep an eye on the space for a few weeks to locate any missed areas of concern or continued dampness. Being prepared is helpful but being proactive if this happens to you will save you even worse problems in the future.

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