A basement is one of the more neglected spaces in a home -- until there is a flood, that is. Do you know what to do? More than likely, the answer to that question is "no." Compared to other areas in a home, the basement typically has a more elevated risk, making a flood in this space a real threat. Be proactive and know how to protect your home by understanding what actions you need to take.
Turn off the Water
In most home floods, the threat is not the water – it's electricity. Only if you can do so safely, make your first step turning off the gas and electricity. After doing so, you might even want to wait a few moments until you walk into the area. Never approach the flooded area until you know for a fact that the electricity has been shut off. If you are unable to do this on your own, wait for assistance from a professional.
Locate the Source of the Water
Again, if you can do so safely, try to locate the source of the water. If it's something like a busted pipe or failing sump pump, you know the water is probably not contaminated. However, if it's from another source, this may not be the case. Not only is this information important for safety, but it can also make performing repairs easier if you know what you're dealing with.
Now it's time to get to work. To start, contact a local water clean-up company to begin the process of removing the water. Until they arrive, you can start the salvaging process. Ensure you're wearing rubber boots, gloves, and hip waders if you have them. If you're unsure of the water's source, you also don't know what's in the water, so keep yourself covered. Additionally, keep all the items you salvage separate until you have a chance to clean them.
Start Working on Prevention
In the aftermath of cleanup and restoration, make your new focus prevention. Nearly all floods are preventable, unless you're dealing with a natural disaster. Some of the more effective things you can do are clean out your gutters, ensure you have proper drainage around the foundation, ensure the sump pump is operating correctly, and last but not least, invest in flood insurance. Combined, these steps give you confidence that your home is safe.
When you are equipped with the knowledge of what to do after a basement flood, you will have greater confidence that your home and property will be taken care of. Click here to find out more.Share
19 July 2017
When I was in college, I lived in an old house just south of the university campus with five other girls. When we came back from Christmas break, the heater was broken. The beginning of January was the coldest time of the year, and because it was the weekend, the heating company couldn't come fix it for a few days. My roommates and I pulled our mattresses into the front room and slept all together to keep warm. Two weeks later, our heater broke again! That time we ended up getting a completely new furnace. Needless to say, we got to be good friends with the heating contractor that month, and it was a good experience that led to the creation of this blog.