There are many reasons why a basement can end up flooding – sudden downpours, melting snow, leaky windows, and damaged foundations are just a few. Water flows downhill and pools at the lowest point, which will often be your basement. So what do you do when you end up with water in your basement? Here are some tips on what to do when your basement floods.
If Your Basement has Flooded
First, be careful. A flooded basement can be a hazardous area to traverse. If you are positive that you can safely do so, turn off your home’s power at the main breaker switches to prevent the possibility of electric shock. If your flood is due to sewage back-up, or groundwater infiltration, remember to wear protective items including gloves, safety glasses, and a face mask. Make sure to wash thoroughly after any contact with sewage or items touched by sewage.
Contact a plumber immediately, and call your insurance company. Their experts will be able to help you determine the best way to repair and clean-up after the flood has been stopped.
If You Want To Prevent Flooding
Waterproofing your basement before the winter snow and rain begins to fall is the answer to your flooding problems. Waterproofing prevent flooding, decreases the likelihood of mold, helps you save energy by better sealing your home, and can increase your home’s resale value. What more could you want out of a preventative solution?
Do you have questions about waterproofing your basement?
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