What To Do With A Flooded Basement

What To Do With A Flooded Basement

If you’re searching for “What To Do With A Flooded Basement” you’re likely not having a great day.  This guide will help you know what to do first to safeguard your family, your home, and your safety.  If you have had a plumbing problem such as a leaking pipe, backed up toilet, or other problem that flooded your basement it can be a very frustrating experience.  It can take the toughest homeowner and make them panic or feel hopeless.

13 Steps For Flooded Basements

Follow these steps to help contain the water, the risk, and get your flooded basement under control.  Safety is first so make sure you turn off the power or call for help before trying to enter your basement to find the problem. 

Step 1 – Don’t enter the water!  Shut off all of the power and natural gas.  If you’re not sure where to do this call an electrician to shut off your power before you enter your basement to start looking for the source of the problem.

Step 2 – Taking action. If the source of the flooding is heavy rain wait until the storm has passed to begin working.  If it isn’t storm related you need to take action immediately to minimize damage to your home.

Step 3 – Protect yourself!  No matter what the source of the flooding is wear gloves, a protective mask, and boots to keep you safe.  If the water is deep you may consider chest or hip waders people use for fishing. Walk slowly and keep your balance as the floor will probably be slippery and items may have moved.

Step 4 – Find The Source. Next you need to find out what is flooding your basement.  It could be a broken pipe, leaking toilet, cracked foundation, or a number of other problems.  If the problem is a leaking or busted pipe you will need to shut off the water before doing anything else.

Step 5 – Check the floor drain.  If your home has a floor drain make sure it didn’t get covered or clogged during the flooding.  Make sure it is clear and working properly and it will help the water drain from your basement.

Step 6 – Removing the water. Depending on how much flooding there is sump pumps, wet/dry vacuums, pool pumps or even just a mop will work to get the water out of your basement. Many homes are equipped with sump pumps at the lowest part of the basement which helps pump water away from the home after flooding.  Enlist some help from friends or family to get the big job done faster. 

Step 7 – Move damaged items out to dry.  The items such as furniture or storage items should be dried as well as possible.  This means moving them outdoors if the weather permits or into the garage with the door open to encourage air flow.  Your property will not dry well in a basement that is already damp.  Anything that stays wet past about 48 hours might need to be discarded due to the risk of mildew and mold.  Cardboard boxes should simply be discarded and replaced for storing your items as they are notorious for growing mold and mildew. 

Step 8 – Leave the electronics alone.  Even with the power off it is best to let your electronics dry in place.  If in doubt about the condition of electrical appliances or other items let qualified repair technicians inspect them to see if they can be salvaged.

Step 9 – Remove carpeting.  While the carpet might dry after some time the padding and floor under the carpet will not dry while the carpet is there.  It should be removed quickly and in some cases can be dried and reused.  Restoration specialists will be able to let you know if your carpet is harboring mildew or mold before you try to reinstall it.

Step 10 – Let the basement dry.  It is important to let the basement dry out thoroughly by leaving windows and doors open.  Placing fans around the basement also help move the air through and moisture to leave the basement.  Dehumidifiers can also help aid with this job. 

Step 11 – Clean the basement. You should remove any sheetrock or insulation that was damaged by the flooding to remove the risk of developing mold.  Next the walls and floor need to be washed down to remove any dirt left by the water.

Step 12 – Fight mold & mildew.  Once everything is clean you should apply anti-mold & mildew sprays to help your home stay fresh and healthy.  Mildew aggravates many people’s allergies and mold is dangerous to everyone and can be potentially life threatening.

Step 13 – File with insurance.  If you have homeowner’s insurance that covers you for flood insurance you should report the flood.  Find out how much your policy covers, what the deductible is, and what you need to do to submit your claim for your flooded basement.

Phoenix Valley Plumbing Services

If you have a flooded basement and the source is a busted pipe, toilet, sink, or any other plumbing related issue the pros at One Call Plumbing Services offer 24 hour emergency plumbing services to help you minimize the damages to your home.  Getting the water turned off quickly will help prevent expensive damages to your home and prompt service will get your plumbing fixed quickly so you can get your water turned back on. 


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