Did you go into your basement only to discover you have a new wading pool in your house? You’re probably extremely concerned. If your washing machine is flooding your basement, you will want to fix it as soon as possible. Left untreated, water in your basement can cause issues structurally for your home as well as becoming a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and mold.
Evaluate The Situation:
Be careful as you evaluate your situation. The water could be electrified. To be safe, turn off all electricity to your basement at the breaker. If the breaker is located inside the basement, call your utility company and have your power completely shut off so that you can work safely.
You need to stop the incoming flow of water by turning off your water as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more your basement begins to resemble a swimming pool. It seems incredible, but a burst pipe can drain hundreds of gallons of water over the course of just an hour. Most swimming pools contain between 10,000 and 20,000 gallons of water. This means that your basement could fill up completely over a 24-48 hour period!
After your water and electricity are shut off, it’s safe for you to venture into your basement. Remove as much of your personal items from the flooded area as soon as possible. The longer your items are submerged, the more they will degrade. Place them in a dry place and soak up as much water as you can. Be careful as you work; items that are simply wet can turn quickly into items filled with dangerous mold.
Call Your Insurance Company:
Early on, be sure call your insurance company. It helps to have photographs of the basement itself as well as of your damaged belongings. Your agent can review your flood and water damage coverage with you.
If the flooding wasn’t severe, you might want to move forward with cleaning it yourself; however, if your basement more closely resembled a swimming pool, it might be time to call in the experts. Water restoration companies have all the equipment and experience needed to get the job done and to take the steps you might not even know you need to take to reclaim your basement. This frees you up to deal with insurance matters and to begin making decisions about the basement you want when you rebuild.
You might need to do as much as replace all of the drywall and flooring, or you might only need new floors. No matter what your damage is, you will want to work with a trusted local flooring company to restore – or revamp! – your damaged basement. Click here to find a company in your area who can give you all the assistance you need. Soon, this will be a story of your past while you’re enjoying your “new” basement in comfort.