Dodge the Flooded Basement Blues
Flooded Basement Prevention 101
If you’ve never experienced it, believe us when we say that a flooded basement is a costly nightmare. Household cleaning products, pesticides, pet and pest waste, mold, mildew and other contaminants turn water standing in your basement into a foul, smelly, stagnant pond beneath your home or business. And the unique water damage cleanup and restoration challenges that a flooded basement poses can drive restoration costs into the stratosphere. So it’s a good, prudent investment to take every reasonable precaution to prevent this costly headache.
With this in mind, consider these tips to help you protect your property from the risk of basement flooding:
- Start by inspecting your property’s exterior for flooding risks. The FEMA Flood Map Service Center can help you get an idea of historical flood risks in your area. In addition, make sure ditches, culverts, French drains and other features designed to handle water are well maintained.
- Next, inspect your home or business structures, ensuring that gutters, downspouts, sump pumps and other features designed to prevent basement water intrusion are in good repair and free from obstruction.
- Finally, check your property insurance policies to ensure adequate coverage in the unfortunate event of a flooding event.
Flooded Basement Cleanup 101
Sometimes nature just ignores all your best efforts to prevent a flooded basement, pouring spring runoff, rain and groundwater into your home or business anyway. When that happens, it’s imperative to act quickly to get the water extracted and the structure dried to minimize the damage and related restoration costs. At the same time, safety must be the first consideration as you begin recovering.
Keep these safety tips in mind as you work:
- Water and electricity are a deadly combination. Water extraction and structural drying requires a lot of electrical equipment. Make sure you’re aware of and take thorough precautions to prevent electrical shock hazards.
- Standing flood water contains chemical and biological contaminants, including cleaning chemicals, pesticides, pet and pest waste, mold, mildew and other potentially hazardous substances. Use protective outer wear available at hardware stores to minimize your exposure to nasty, toxic substances and dangerous micro organisms. And thoroughly clean tools and equipment used in flooded basement cleanup.
- Flood water can cover numerous hazards, including broken furniture, sharp debris, trapped wild animals and tripping hazards. Move slowly and with extreme caution when working in standing water.
If spring runoff, rains and groundwater pressure leave you with a flooded basement, remember we’re here to help. Call Delta Disaster Services for Peace of Mind During Uncertain Times®.