Uh oh! You’ve woken up and realized that your basement has water in it! Maybe the excessive rain seeped in through foundation cracks, or perhaps a pipe burst. However the problem started, you’ll need to get your basement cleaned up as soon as possible! Here is what to do when you find water in your basement.
You don’t want electronics or power sources being plugged in if they are near water, so your first act should be to cut the power and then unplug all electronics and power sources to prevent any accidents from happening.
If the water is not substantial, try and mop up the water with towels. For hard floors, a large squeegee could help move water out of the area. If you have a lot of standing water, you may need to rent a pump or wet vacuum to remove the water.
Once the initial cleanup of water is done, take a minute to call your insurance agent. You can ask what type of policy you have for issues like this and figure out what your coverage is. Even if you are not covered for this problem, your insurance agent may be able to recommend people to help with cleanup or who can repair the problem.
You’ll want to figure out what the issue was so you don’t have this problem again. Did water seep in through the foundation during a rain storm? Did you have a pipe burst? Do you have a drainage problem? Investigate what the issue was so you can fix it in the future.
If there wasn’t too much water, or if the problem was quickly fixed, you might have a chance to save items in the basement. Try and clean carpets, wash linens and dry the bottom of furniture as best as possible. Add fans, open doors and windows to try and dry out the basement even faster.
Water is not a friend to carpet or wood. If any furniture or cloth was wet for too long, chances are it will be ruined and need to be disposed of. Take large items to a dump to get rid of them sooner.
After the water is cleaned up and the furniture is dry, you may start to feel like everything will be just fine. But your next concern will be mold. Any lingering moisture in the basement can be a huge threat that you will want to fix as soon as possible. Disinfect all surfaces and call a professional to clean up if necessary.
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