What should you do when your basement floods? Most importantly, don’t hurry down into the basement to save belongings before your 100% sure it’s safe. Remain calm and ask yourself these questions:
- Is the entire basement flooded with water?
- Is the flooding in one area of the basement?
- Do I see anything causing the flooding?
3 Steps for When Your Basement Floods
Step 1 – Inspecting a Flooded Basement
Determine the severity of the flooding. If water is secluded in one small area of the basement and not high enough to pose any electrical risk, proceed to walk to the bottom of the stairs and through the dry areas. If what’s causing the water level to rise in your basement is apparent, such as a backed up sump pump, address appropriately.
If severe flooding is occurring or has occurred:
- Check for structural damage. Exit the premises if the foundation is at risk.
- Call a plumbing/draining company. Electrical outlets and equipment could be at risk.
- Act quickly to minimize water damage and limit potential repair and replacement costs.
- Contact your insurance agent. They’ll assist you in how to proceed in filing a claim.
Turn off the electricity in your basement, if you have access to do so. It should remain off until an electrician fully inspects your property. When the water level decreases to a point where it’s safe to proceed, you should start taking pictures of the damage. Making a list of damaged items in unison with the photographs will be helpful for insurance purposes. You may need to boil water until your water supply is safe enough to prepare food with and drink.
Step 2 – Drying Out a Wet Basement
When drying out a wet basement, your enemy is moisture. Moisture can ruin your personal belongings if not treated quickly and properly. You should remove everything that’s wet as soon as possible to prevent mold and to potentially salvage these items. Then follow these steps as a cleaning process:
- Place all carpet, furniture and other items in a dry area away from the flooding.
- Put on gloves before beginning to clean and disinfect impacted items.
- Use one of a variety of methods (e.g. high-powered fans) to begin drying out.
- Clean with a pine-oil cleaner and bleach.
- Monitor each item for a couple days for any odor or mold growth.
Step 3 – Cleaning Up a Flooded Basement
Of course, it would be ideal to salvage every single one of your belongings after a flood. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case. The good news is that those who file a claim with their insurance company should be able to restore their basement to a like-new state without spending a fortune.
Repairing and replacing all the material in your basement is the final step in a flood cleanup. Depending on the impact the water has made, you may need to hire professional installers, purchase a new sump pump and/or rent a dumpster.
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