We know that a major flood damage can be one of the most destructive events your home can experience. We also it can be one of the most emotionally draining and physically exhausting events you will endure as a homeowner.
No matter what caused the flooding the water damage can significantly and negatively affect your walls, ceilings, the roof, your furniture and belongings and the overall foundation and structure of your home. If you and your home are subjected to flooding and water damage your first thought may be to pump the water out as quickly as possible and begin the cleanup process.
Before you rush into trying to do it yourself, do your research or call a professional for assistance. It’s important to take the proper steps towards water removal and clean up in order to truly fix the problem.
Locate the Problem
There are many points of entry for water, but the main ones are your windows, the walls and the seams between the wall and the floor.
Once you have found out where it came from you must find a way to stop it. If it is a sump pump buy another and then buy a back-up. Another way to prevent flooding from sump pump failure is by buying a water detector and putting it a foot above your water line in the sump pump well.
Some of the main reasons behind basement leaks and floods are credited to extremely heavy storms and rain, rapid snow melts and believe it or not – dirty rain gutters. There are various preventive measures you can take to help you keep your home safe from these kinds of issues.
Get Ready for the Cleanup
Make sure to turn off all electricity that runs through the basement so you don’t hurt yourself while trying in your flooded basement. Also make sure to wear protective clothing such as gloves, waterproof boots, goggles and any other protective gear you may need to guard yourself from hot water, bacteria and dirty water.
Cleaning Up the Mess
A flooded basement means more than just a wet room in your home, which is bad enough as it is.
Most people use the basement for storage or as a bonus guest room, office or entertainment space. Once SERVPRO has safely cleaned up the basement it is time to suck out the remaining water and completely sanitize the entire area to prevent hazardous mold growth.
Surviving a flooded basement once is one time too many, but having to do it again after you spent money to fix it and replaced your belongings is even worse.
Make sure that this never happens to you or your home ever again. Hiring a professional inspector to examine the space and to let you know what needs fixing is an option people use often. Hope fully a flooded basement never happens to you but if it does......
SERVPRO will make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. (716) 694-7776