Since your basement is below ground level, it is most susceptible to flooding. An appliance or pipe springing a leak anywhere in your home can end up flooding your basement. The same goes for flooding due to storms. There are a few important steps you can take to protect your home and belongings from basement flooding.
Shutting Off the Water
With a burst pipe or appliance leak, you will need to stop the flow of water. As long as your main water line is turned on, the water is going to keep flooding your basement. This means you need to turn off your water. The main water shut-off is usually located either in your basement or outside near your foundation. If you can’t find it, then call the water company to find it for you.
If there is a possibility of the floodwater coming into contact with electrical outlets or devices, do not go into the water. Turn off the electricity to the area by flipping the breaker switch. If you can’t get to the breaker switch without touching the water, then call the electric company to turn off your power temporarily.
Flooding due to storms is a bit harder to stop. Again, turn off the power to the area and try to get as much out of the water as you can. Be careful when you do this, though, because floodwaters have contaminants that could be hazardous to your health.
Getting Rid of the Water
Water damage is serious. It can eat away at the structure of your home, and the longer things are left to absorb water, the more they will become damaged. Mold is another danger of water damage and can be hazardous to your health. When you breathe mold spores in, they can cause upper respiratory problems and headaches. In addition, mold feeds on the material it is on, so if mold develops in the wall of your basement it will be feeding on your wall and the wood beams behind it.
You will need to move everything you can to a dry area with good airflow to dry out. Paperwork that is waterlogged can be stuck in the freezer to keep the ink from running and stopping mold growth until you can go through it. Hang pictures up by the corner and do not let anything touch the photo side of the paper.
Getting rid of the water is trickier. For small amounts, you can use a shop vac. The important thing is to dry everything! A professional water damage service, such as HS Restoration, can help with this. We have pumps and vacuums, as well as industrial-sized fans and dehumidifiers, to handle any amount of water and get your home dry.
Contact Your Insurance
You’ll need to contact your insurance company and file a claim. Try to take pictures of the damage, especially before you move anything. Your insurance may cover some or all of the restoration costs. At HS Restoration, we have worked with most major insurance companies and can even bill them directly.
A basement flooding for any reason is stressful. At HS Restoration, we want to help you deal with the cleanup and restoration of your home so you can get back to living. Give us a call today!