Basement Flooding: 6 Steps To Take Immediately
Of course, there are prevention measures you can take to avoid basement flooding, but what do you do when the flooding happens? Do you know the first steps you need to take? Major water damage isn’t something we think about often because it doesn’t happen often. But when it does, we need to be prepared. We compiled 6 majorly important steps that you need to take as soon as flooding happens to avoid more damage and more cost to repair the damage. One thing to remember is that you should always call a flood damage cleanup crew immediately to help make sure you are taking the right steps and being safe. Not all water involved in flooding is dangerous, but some can be quite hazardous and proper safety precautions should always be taken.
Steps To Take After A Flood
- Contact A Professional – That’s right! Before you do anything else, be sure to contact a water damage restoration company. Your restoration company will have the right type of equipment and expertise to clean up any type of damage. Whether the flooding is due to broken household appliances or outside storms, a professional team can clean the mess up the right way. If you live in the Naperville area, be sure to contact Veterans Cleaning.
- Stay Out Of The Water – You should never set foot in water that is flooding your home. Not only could the water be contaminated and hazardous to your and your family’s health, but there are electrical risks that can occur if you are not careful. An electrician and the restoration professionals will be able to secure the area and make sure it is safe to enter.
- Water Removal – To decrease the amount of damage to your property, the water needs to be extracted immediately. Standing water is a disease to homes. The longer the water sits, the more damage occurs to the structure and mold will begin to grow. Dealing with a mold problem on top of a water problem can be a nightmare. Don’t risk it. Call a certified and insured professional right away.
- Removing Items – You will most likely have items in your basement that will need to be removed to allow the structure itself to dry. Many of these items may be damaged and cannot be repaired, but there might be salvageable items that just need to be dried off. If you have homeowner’s insurance, your insurance should be able to compensate you for the loss. Many restoration companies will work with your insurance agency to get the claim started for you, make sure you ask.
- Time To Dry – Professional restoration teams use industrial-sized equipment to dry out any size of water damage. Regular-sized fans do not help the structure dry very quickly and can allow water to set in. You don’t want water to set into the structure and damage it further. Many people think that they can dry out the problem on their own, but the amount of time it takes to dry the property is too long. Mold can start growing in as little as 24-48 hours and is noticeable right away. Don’t rely on a DIY quick fix to fix your problem. It will usually turn into a much larger problem that could have been avoided.
- Prevention Is The Best Weapon – It’s time to secure your property against future flooding. If you know the source of the problem, you can take steps to prevent it from happening again. If the water came in from the outside, you’ll want to seal up any areas that allowed water in. Take care of the outside of the property, too. Make sure that there are no areas in your landscaping that allow water to pool up against the home. If the problem came from broken appliances or hoses inside the home, make sure they are replaced immediately. Check all of your appliances for damaged hoses or other damaged parts. It’s a good idea to schedule routine maintenance on your machines to make sure that they are in good condition and less likely to cause a major disaster.
Basement floods are annoying to say the least. But if one does happen to you, have some peace of mind knowing that there are professionals that are available 24/7 to help you during your time of need. In Naperville, you can rely on the professionals at Veteran’s Cleaning and Restoration Services.