What to Do After Basement Floods (in 6 Steps)

interior house floodingIf your foundation cracks, it could flood your basement quickly. While no homeowner expects their basement to flood, it’s a reality that could happen when it’s least expected. In order to protect yourself, it’s important to know how to handle this situation effectively.

  • 1. Turn off the Water and Electricity
  • 2. Suit Up and Remove the Water
  • 3. Clean the Walls
  • 4. Dry Out Structure
  • 5. Repair
  • 6. Recover

1. Turn off Water and Electricity

To reduce the risk of electric shock, turn off the electricity before ever standing in water in a basement. After that, shut off the source of the water (if applicable).

Tip: Familiarize yourself with where each shut-off valve is located in order to be prepared.

2. Suit Up and Remove Water

In most situations, you’ll want to call a water cleanup crew to help pump the water out as quickly as possible. In the meantime, you can do some cleanup on your own. After putting on gloves, boots, and eye protection, begin removing excess water with any open buckets or pumps you have available.

3. Clean the Walls

Any affected flooring, furniture, walls, etc., should be cleaned with a soap or bleach solution to remove bacteria. The type of cleaning solution used should depend on the type of water that flooded the basement. However, if any materials are too badly damaged from water, you’ll want to remove them as soon as possible to avoid mold.

4. Dry Out Structure

In addition to opening any windows in your basement, you should also situate dehumidifiers and fans to help remove moisture and dry out the structure as quickly as possible.

If you don’t have the appropriate machinery to dry out your basement, you may need to consult with a professional. Waiting too long will only progress the damage while increasing chances of mold and mildew developing.

5. Repair

The source of the leak is the first thing that you should repair. This is especially true if a cracked foundation is what led to the flooding. For this type of repair, it’s critical to call in a professional team to help.

In addition to having the experience and knowledge of performing foundation repairs, they’ll have the tools and materials that are required to do the job. With something as important as your foundation, never attempt to do the work on your own.

6. Recover

Once your foundation has been repaired and any damaged materials have been replaced, you can begin restoring your space. Although this isn’t an overnight process, doing things right will pay off with safer and longer lasting results.

Are You Prepared?

Basement flooding happens more commonly than most homeowners think. By understanding the steps to take if this were to happen, you’re ready for anything. And, to prevent all of this from happening, please contact us to perform a quality assessment on your home’s foundation.