5 Steps to Take When Your Basement Floods
With snow starting to melt at a rapid pace and pipes finally beginning to thaw, the warm weather might bring a little bit more than we bargained for. When temperatures rise, flooding in your basement can be a real risk.
To help you keep your home and its valuable possessions safe from water damage, here are 5 steps to take if your basement floods:
1. Turn off the Electricity
Before any further action is taken, it’s essential that you shut off power at the service panel to avoid any potential electrocution.
2. Find the Source
Once you’ve turned off the electricity, it’s time to find out where the water is coming from. If it’s caused by a broken pipe inside your home then this can be done easily enough, though if the flooding is due to stormwater or sewer back-up then it may be necessary to call in a professional plumber.
3. Remove the Water
Now that you know where the water is coming from, you need to get rid of it as quickly as possible and so begin draining any standing water with buckets and mops before using a sump pump or wet/dry vacuum cleaner if available.
4. Call a Plumber
If the flooding is due to an issue such as broken pipes or sewer backup, you should contact a professional plumber like Dupree Plumbing right away. They are experienced in rectifying these issues and can make sure everything is properly fixed before further damage can occur.
A plumber can also help by providing advice on how to make your basement flood-proof in the future, such as installing a basement remodel. Having the professional services of a plumber at your disposal can:
- Give you peace of mind: We all think we are capable of making repairs around the house, from small tweaks to full basement remodels, but nothing beats the assurance of a reliable, experienced plumbing technician.
- Save you time: An experienced plumber can diagnose and then fix your issue quickly and efficiently.
- Reduce further damage: With their knowledge and expertise in leaking pipes or flooding issues, they can ensure that any problems are fixed before it causes more water damage to your home.
5. Let Everything Dry 100%
Once the water has been removed and the source of the flooding addressed, it’s important to let any remaining moisture fully dry out so that mold doesn’t become an issue – this is especially true if you plan on doing any basement remodeling afterward.
Fans and dehumidifiers can really help with this process and make sure everything stays safe for many years to come.
Dupree Plumbing is Here to Help
If your basement ever finds itself on the receiving end of a flood, it’s important to take action as quickly as possible – luckily for you, Dupree Plumbing has extensive experience in rectifying these problems and will be able to help get your home back into shape in no time. Contact us today to find out more.