What To Do When You Find A Flooded Basement At Home

Oh NO! A Flooded Basement!

Introduction

Even though water is great for your health, water in your home can cause tons of damage. Things getting wet that are not supposed to, especially in a basement with low sunlight, can cause major damage. 

From leaky roofs, to high water tables, water getting in your basement isn’t unheard of. Therefore, it is important to be prepared and make the right decisions when you come home and find water in your basement.

Don’t Panic…

Even though your immediate decision is to panic, don’t. You need to have a clear head so that you can make good decisions. The first decision at hand, is figuring out where the water is coming from. If there is an immediate point that the water is coming from, get it turned off. If its a sewer back up or a water line break, hurry and turn off the water. If you need water turned off to the entire house, you may need to call a plumber or the city. Often times, there is a special key outside that turns the water on and off. Along with getting any water shut off, you need to get any electricity in the area shut off as well. As we all know, water and electricity is a very dangerous mix.

Wear Proper Equipment

When you are working with water, the dangers are often un seen. From electricity in the water to bacteria in the water, the dangers are endless. This is why it is important to have the proper equipment. 

The proper equipment can include gloves, masks and even body suits. Wearing the proper equipment can help you be protected from the bacteria and other water dangers.

Get the Water Removed

The immediate water needs to be removed quickly before it is able to soak into your walls or carpet. So if you have a carpet shampooer, that is the best option for immediate removal of water from the carpet. 

But also, using towels to soak up as much as possible and ringing them out, can help bridge the time between the initial water damage and the reinforcements. The next step, is to call in reinforcements for help.

Call Reinforcements

Call the employees at any water restoration company Western Wayne County. Water restoration companies have the equipment and knowledge necessary to be able to safely, quickly and efficiently get the water removed from your home. Basement flooding is the most unfortunate because there isn’t a whole lot of sunlight that gets into a basement. Sunlight helps kill mold and bacteria when they are just spores.

 Another unfortunate fact of basement flooding is that some basements don’t see a lot of action. If the purpose of your basement is just to house your water heater and other home necessities, then you may not notice the flooding right away. Unfortunately, the longer water sits, the more damaging it gets.

Continuous Problems

If water in your basement continues to be a problem, then you may need to get a plumber or water restoration technicians opinion on what to do. You may need to install a sump pump or something similar to help remove water from your basement. Some areas just have a high water table and you will only continue to have water problems. 

Along with that, if a water problem is caused by a backed up sewer line then you will need to call in a plumber to help get the line fixed or unclogged. Otherwise, the water backing up will just continue to cost you lots of money. Call water restoration company Western Wayne County for their opinion.