Have you ever experienced an emergency basement flooding? If not, you probably don’t know what to expect. Here are some tips.
For homeowners, there might not be anything more frustrating than a flooded basement. Whether the flooding is caused by mother nature or a burst pipe, not only can it cause lots of damage that ends up costing an arm and a leg, but also it can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing.
Want to ensure that you are ready for a flooded basement? Read on to learn who you should call, what you should do while you wait for help, and what to expect once help arrives.
Who to Call after an Emergency Basement Flooding
Perhaps the most important thing to do following a flooding incident is to take extra precautions until a professional can arrive. A flooded basement is often an electrical hazard and setting foot in the water can lead to serious injury and even death if you are not careful. It’s best to contact an electrician if you cannot safely turn off the power to your home. If your circuit breaker is located in the basement, wait until you know it is safe to enter the water before cutting the electricity.
You should also make sure to call your insurance to file a claim. If you do not have flood coverage, you might want to reconsider. Because flood coverage is not included in most standard homeowner’s insurance policies, if you do not add it to your coverage, you could be out of luck if you need it.
Finally, you need to call a plumber if you suspect a burst pipe is responsible for the flood. An emergency basement flooding requires immediate attention so that you can fix the problem before it gets worse and causes significant damage.
What to Do When Your Basement Floods
Aside from calling in the experts, what can you do?
Well, for starters, you can prevent further damage from happening to your property. If you are certain that the water is safe to touch, you can begin moving personal items and furniture out of the water to minimize the damage. Move any items that you can to a safe area to dry.
If you wait too long to move your possessions from the water, you risk the formation of mold, which could irrevocably damage them. You should also take measures after the water is removed from your basement to clean, sanitize, and dry thoroughly all of the surfaces that the water touched to prevent infestation.
What to Expect from Us
When you call in the plumbing experts from Custom Plumbing of Arizona to help with your emergency basement flooding problems, you can expect quick, professional service with a smile. Our plumbers are standing by to help you stop treading water so you can focus on more important things. Talk to us today if you need help.