What to Do if Your Basement is Flooded

February 20, 2017

If you’ve just arrived home from a long rainy commute after a long day at work, the last thing you want to see is a flooded basement. Basements can flood for a variety of reasons, but one thing holds true: it can really ruin a person’s day. If you’re ever put in this situation, here is what to do if your basement is flooded.

What to Do if Your Basement is Flooded

Shut Off Power to the Affected Areas

The first step in solving the flooded basement issue is to ensure all power is shut-off to the area. If the only way to get to your circuit breaker is to walk through the wet basement floor, then you need to call your electric company or a 24/7 emergency electrician and have them shut off power on the outside of your house. Safety should always come first, and you do not want to be electrocuted.

Find the Cause of your Basement Flooding.

Look for the case of flooding and see if you can stop more water from entering your basement. If you can stop the cause of flooding, then this is good news and will mean that you can prevent this from happening in the future. If the cause of flooding is a plumbing leak, call in a plumber; if it is a leaky basement well issue you will want to get in touch with a basement waterproofing company and have them fix the issue.

Contact a Water Damage Restoration Company

The best and most effective thing to do once you’ve stopped the water from entering is to contact a Maryland water damage restoration company who can help you address the damage. They will be able to extract the water, dry, and clean your basement making it sanitary once again. Depending on the extent of the damage, not all the items in your basement will be salvageable, but a water damage restoration company has the equipment to give you the best chance of returning to normal.

Contact your Insurance

Once the leak has stopped and the water has been removed from your basement, contact your home insurance company. Depending on whether or not you are covered, you may be able to recuperate some of the cost of replacing any damaged items which could not be salvaged through the water damage restoration process.

For additional help with a flooded basement, contact a Maryland water damage restoration company today. Pennyrich Clean, LLC is family-owned and operated business located in Nottingham, MD who provides water damage restoration services in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington DC. For a free estimate, call Pennyrich Clean today at 410-870-6607.

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