What To Do When Your Basement Floods

Has your basement started to turn into a subterranean lake when it rains? Are you at a loss as to how to handle the deluge of water that you're left with? Dealing with a flooded basement can be a significant challenge for just about anyone. To make sure that the damage is properly repaired and that future flooding doesn't happen, it's a good idea to call in a professional company like Flood Doctor to clean up most of the mess. But while you're waiting for them to arrive, there are some things that you should do to help make the cleanup process safer and easier for everyone. Some of these things include:

Shut off basement electricity and appliances: Water and electricity never mix, so it can be dangerous if you don't shut down the electricity. As soon as you know that you have a seriously flooded basement, you should shut off the electricity to that part of the house. If you have a sump pump, chances are good that it's either broken or not running anyway. If the flooding has come from a broken pipe upstairs, instead of simply rainwater or snow melt, you should shut off electricity to that part of the home as well. If you have a gas furnace in the basement that doesn't rely on electricity, safely shut that off as well. You don't want the water to put out the pilot light and create a possible explosion hazard in your home.

Open doors and windows: The high humidity in the air of a flooded basement can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. To help counter this effect, you should open all of the doors and windows leading into and out of your basement. This will help allow the humid air to escape, helping to prevent the growth of any mold or mildew. If the temperature outside is significantly below freezing, you should still allow the air to circulate. However, you may want to limit this to the main house itself or allow only a few minutes of exterior air into your basement at once so as to limit the formation of ice.

Call an electrician: There are people who will clean up and repair the water damage in a flooded basement, and then there are electricians who check the wiring. These are not always the same people. You will also want an electrician to check the rest of the house so that you know which parts are still safe to use. For example, an upstairs bathroom may have, for some reason, been added to the same circuit as the basement. Without an electrician to check out your wiring, you could turn the electricity back on and wind up with a short that causes an electrical fire or injury to yourself or your family members. You should never turn the electricity back on in an area that's been flooded until it has been checked over by a qualified professional electrician.