Priorities When You Discover a Flooded Basement

flooded basementIf you have ever experienced a flooded basement, you understand the waves of emotion that are common to homeowners in this situation. Helplessness, uncertainty, fear. These feelings are understandable, but they aren’t particularly helpful. The best way to deal with a flooded basement is to focus on the priorities for getting back to normal life.

1. Disconnect

One of the biggest dangers of a flooded basement is electrocution. Outlets, plugs, and electrical appliances may be immersed in the flood water. This can result in the water becoming electrically charged, potentially causing electrocution. A flooded basement is minor compared to the tragedy of being electrocuted by touching or stepping into electrically charged water. The threat of electrical hazard must be handled immediately and carefully. Working with professionals who know how to properly handle the situation is key, not only to quickly mitigate the water damage, but most importantly preventing any accidents in the process.

2. Dry

Water is extremely effective in getting into every nook and cranny. In a nutshell, your basic problem with a flooded basement is that everything is wet and needs to be dried out. An obvious statement, yet a difficult problem.

3. Dispose

When the flood waters come in, there will be many possessions you’ll want to rescue and restore. Yet other items that you simply want to get rid of. While a wedding picture of your great-grandparents warrants attention and efforts to restore, the newspaper from last Sunday probably doesn’t. The items that are not cost effective to restore can be inventoried and disposed of.

4. Disinfect

Flood water is notorious for leaving germs and mold in its wake. Sometimes the germs come from the source of the flood water, such as a river that has overrun its banks or a clogged sewer line. Other times the germs are picked up along the way. In addition, mold spores may be activated in a flooded basement, allowing mold to begin growing and spreading. But no matter how the germs and mold get there, you will definitely want to make sure that you thoroughly disinfect everything in your flooded basement. Failure to do so could expose you to ongoing illness even after everything seems to be cleaned up.

5. Delegate

While all of these priorities are important, the most important one may be knowing when to delegate. Since all these tasks are extremely important, it is often better for homeowners with a flooded basement to delegate them all to a reliable water damage company. Moore Restoration has the experience and expertise to handle your basement water damage. Call us at 866.484.3322 anytime day or night and we will dispatch our technicians, making your basement restoration project our highest priority.