A flood is one of the most serious things that can happen to a property. In the most extreme cases, such as floods rising to the roof levels of a home, many of the belongings and furniture in a property may not be salvageable due to the extreme nature of the event.
But there are other flood situations where the only thing that seems to be at risk is whatever is in the basement.
If you find your home or business has suffered flooding that’s only affecting the basement, what should you do?
First Safety Check: Electricity
If there’s a lot of water in a basement, you should not venture down into it at all if you suspect it may have risen to a level where it could soak electrical outlets. If the electricity in your home is still active, and the basement water level is above the point where it can easily flow over electrical sockets, there’s a chance the water in the basement may be electrified, and entering it could result in a shock.
If you can get to the breaker box for the building and shut off the electricity without entering the water, then do this first. If you need to enter the basement to do this, don’t take any risks, it’s time to call the professionals in.
Second Safety Check: Infection
If the water level looks sufficiently low enough that you’re not in danger of an electrical shock, there’s still one more safety check for health reasons. If the source of the flood is rain seeping in, or a burst water pipe, it’s probably safe to enter the water.
However, if the source of the flood is backed up sewage, and you can see evidence of solid and liquid human waste in the water, do not enter the water.
Fecal waste and urine are extremely virulent to humans. Accidentally swallowing it or even having it make contact with exposed skin is enough to result in infection. If this is the case, you may want to call on professionals to deal with the mess in a safe, healthy manner.
Locate The Source Of The Flooding
This can be tricky, but it’s an important part of understanding what the problem is. If overland flooding is the issue, then the water may be entering through windows. If the water table has risen, the flooding may come through cracks and other vulnerabilities in the foundation itself. In other cases, it may be a failure of already built-in systems, such as a defective sump pump or weeping tile break down.
Whatever the case, you should start removing items that you would like to recover, and if you want, you can attempt to remove the water yourself.
Call Us For Professional Basement Water Damage Cleanup
However, the other option is to call for professionals. We can conduct an assessment of water damage in your home. When you contact us, we’ll look at the situation and recommend the best way to remove basement water, recover items, and restore your property to the way it was before the flooding occurred.