Basements can flood for a variety of reasons. You might have a plumbing issue such as a leaking water heater or a cracked pipe. Flooding could also result from weather conditions such as unusual amounts of rainfall. Whatever the cause may be, remember to take precautions to ensure your safety before entering your basement to inspect for damage. The following tips will help you stay safe and organized.
- Before entering a flooded basement make sure that the power supply for that area has been shut off. If you don’t know how to do this, call a professional.
- If the water is coming from a contaminated source such as a sewer line, call a professional immediately and don’t enter the area at all. Contact with contaminated water can pose a serious health risk.
- Have the water main to your house shut off, especially if you suspect that water pipes may have been damaged or contaminated.
- Keep all children and pets away from the flooded area.
- Don’t enter your flooded basement if you have any open wounds. If the water is contaminated then bacteria can get into your wound and cause you serious problems.
- Identify a safe place to move your belongings. If you are unable to move them outdoors, then identify a place in your house or garage where they can be dried out and sorted.
- Remove valuables from your basement, but keep an eye on your safety. If the water level is rising rapidly due to a storm or natural disaster, you may need to prepare for an evacuation.
- Reduce future water damage by storing belongings in plastic bins with lids instead of cardboard boxes. They are easier to move and will protect your belongings better.
- Once the flooded area has been cleared, a professional can use special equipment and procedures to quickly dry out your basement. They can also make sure that mold doesn’t become a problem as a result of the flooding.
- Your furnace and any other electrical devices or appliances should be inspected before turning them back on. If they have been exposed to moisture as a result of the flooding, they could be dangerous to use.
Your disaster recovery professional may be able to give you advice on how to prevent future water problems. The sooner you call a professional, the sooner they can use their expertise to reduce water damage caused by basement flooding.