Flooded Basement? Here are Important Do's and Dont's

When there are heavy downpours, the soil around your home may not be able to quickly absorb all of the moisture. Water around your foundation may actually start to seep into your basement through cracks in the exterior walls or floors. Additionally, water in your basement may be a result of a leaking pipe, clogged sump pump or other plumbing-related problems.

Regardless of why there is water in your basement, you need to know what to do in order to protect yourself, your family and your personal belongings.

  1. Call a plumber. Before you do anything else, call a plumber to take a look at the problem. They will be able to tell you the cause of the flooding issue. If it is determined to not to be a plumbing-related problem, they may be able to help you find a reputable waterproofer.
  2. Make sure the electricity is turned off at your home’s main breaker. Failure to do so could result in electrical shock. Regardless of whether you have a finished or unfinished basement, there is wiring that could cause electrical shock if this area becomes flooded, and you step into the water. Calling a professional to do this safely may be a good idea.
  3. Make note of structural damage. Moisture can be incredibly damaging. You may notice that there is damage to structural supports, floor joists and drywall. These materials will all need to be replaced before they start to grow dangerous mold.
  4. Be aware of pollutants. The flood in your basement may be a result of a sewer backup. It could be extremely dangerous for you to walk into this water or to handle any items that were damaged by the moisture.
  5. Call your insurance company. They will be able to help you understand what your next move should be. Your insurance agent will be able to advise you as to what will be required for clean-up and how to file a claim for damages, if necessary.

While nobody wants to deal with a flooded basement, these tips can help you stay safe should you ever have to deal with it in your home.