Homeowners with basements are almost guaranteed to experience some flooding at one point or another. Since they are at the base of a home, they are naturally prone to flooding, even in dry weather. Gravity is typically the reason why. Unfortunately, this means that water damage is not far behind, which is responsible for structural and foundational problems. Not only that, but water damage will destroy any personal belongings, decorative finishes, furniture, etc. It also creates perfect environments that are moist enough for mold and mildew growth.
If you find that your basement is flooding, it’s important to start the cleanup process immediately to minimize damage. Here are some simple steps that you can take on when experiencing a flooded basement.
In many cases, your homeowner’s insurance can cover extensive water damage to your basement. Floodwater that comes from groundwater or a natural disaster may not be covered, but burst pipes and sewage backups may be. If you are unsure as to what your insurance covers, contact them to see what your options are. No matter what, be sure to immediately start documenting by taking pictures, videos, and notes for both you and the insurance provider.
It is critical that you take precautions when dealing with water damage to protect yourself and others. Water is a huge conductor of electricity, and there is a likelihood that floods can become charged. If it is possible without wading through the water, cut off the power to the basement before checking anything. Do not attempt if you have to wade through water to reach the electrical box. Call emergency service professionals instead to ensure your safety.
Unless the flood is caused by heavy rains or any other sort of natural cause, you will need to try and find the source of the flood. The best way to do this is to find the main water valve to the house and shut it off there. If you do need to wade through water to do so, wear protective gear to defend yourself from any contaminants. When planning ahead, locate this valve before the emergency occurs.
Whether your insurance covers water damage cleanup or not, it is imperative to begin the process immediately. Water damage happens quickly, within the first 24 hours, and mold will begin to grow. Water damage cleanup professionals at GW Savage will be able to help you restore everything back to the way it was with precision. Cleaning on your own can be a long and arduous process and you may not be able to get everything cleaned up properly on your own. Either way, it’s important to get started on the process immediately to minimize any water damage done to your home.
Floods are extremely stressful disasters to deal with, especially when unprepared. It can be extremely helpful to know the proper steps to take ahead of time. If you are affected by water damage suddenly, water damage cleanup professionals are always available to help in your time of need. Contact professionals at GW Savage to get the help you need.