If you come home to find your basement has flooded, you’ll want to spring into action…But, don’t panic!
We’ve got you covered with 5 expert tips to remedy a waterlogged basement quickly and effectively. With these tools, you’ll be able to evaluate the damage and make a swift cleanup plan.
One of the biggest dangers associated with flooding is interaction with electricity. Be sure to switch your electric breaker off before proceeding with your assessment. If you have gas lines, you’ll also want to shut these down immediately. Remember to gear up with protective clothing including gloves and boots before evaluating any damage.
Find The Source
Water damage can occur rapidly and it’s important to investigate where it might be coming from. That way, you can cut off the source of the water leak as quickly as possible. If you’re experiencing cold weather, check your pipes to see if the leak is caused by a frozen or burst pipe. If so, turn off your water supply immediately to prevent further damage. If you see water pooling, check your floor drains to see if they’re backed up. A clogged drain is a common culprit!
Any possessions that are in or near water will need to be moved to a well-ventilated location. If your items absorb too much moisture they’re at risk of developing mold. Consider using a dehumidifier to aid in the drying process and wash any items that can be easily cleaned to prevent a build-up of bacteria.
Your flooring will likely have a considerable amount of damage after the flooding occurs. If the area is carpeted, pull up the carpet to allow both the carpet and subfloor to receive airflow. If you have hardwood or another type of flooring, consult a professional to see if it can be restored or if it will ultimately need to be replaced.
Call Your Insurance Company
Once you’ve found the source of the water and removed damaged possessions, it’s time to call your homeowner’s insurance company! You’ll discuss what your policy coverage provides and with their assistance, begin reconstructing any damaged areas. These professionals will guide you through the next steps to ensure your home gets back on track as quickly as possible!
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