There are many reasons your basement can flood. Storms, burst pipes, and leaking appliances are the most common culprits. No matter the reason, it’s important to act quickly to get the water out of your basement. Sometimes the water damage may be minimal and you can take care of it with a shop vac, fans, and a dehumidifier. However, if you are reading this then you are probably dealing with more water than you can easily clean up on your own. Here are some of the things you can do on your own and the situations that might require a water removal service.
Turn Off Your Electricity
This is the first thing you need to do. Water is a conductor, and any standing water could be electrified. You should be able to flip the breaker in the basement area. If your circuit breaker is in the basement, then you will need to call the electric company to come and shut it off safely.
If the flood itself is from a burst pipe or appliance, then you will need to turn off your main water supply. This is usually located in the basement or the outside of the house. If it is located in the basement, do not try to get to it until the electricity has been turned off. You will need to empty your pipes by running your taps and flushing your toilets a few times. Do not run the hot water tap until you have turned off the water heater.
Move Everything You Can to Dry
Next, you will want to move everything that got wet to a dry and warm area, either outside if weather permits or to the garage. Mold can start growing within a couple of days. You will need to make sure all possessions are completely dry and cleaned before putting them back in the house.
You can stick important documents in the freezer to protect them from further water damage until you can get them dry. The carpeting may need to be ripped up, and furniture will need to be completely dried and sanitized to prevent mold growth. A water removal service, such as ABCO Restoration, can help determine what can be safely salvaged and what will need to be replaced.
Remove the Water
Now that the power is off and all possessions have been moved out of the water, it’s time to start removing it. Depending on the amount of water, you may be able to remove most of it with a shop vac. You can use a mop or towels for the rest. However, the work doesn’t stop when the water has been removed. Water damage can cause more than just mold; it can seep into your walls and cause structural damage. Unless it really was a small amount of water, it is best to call a water removal service. ABCO Restoration not only handles water removal, but we also take care of water damage and restoration services.
No one plans on a basement flood. The most important part of the water removal process is making sure your house and belongings are safe and clean. At ABCO Restoration, we take great pride in restoring your home after any disaster. We have been serving the Michiana area for over 40 years. We work with you and your insurance company to ensure there are no surprises. Check out how we can help you here.