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How To Deal With a Flooded Basement in 3 Steps

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Completely flooded basement. It is visible line showing maximum water level higher than 7 feet. Having a multi-step plan to handle a basement flood is important

How To Deal With a Flooded Basement in 3 Steps

A basement flood is an overwhelming problem for your home in Willow Spring, IL. People can be harmed, the house's structure can be weakened and any stored possessions can get damaged. However, by knowing the right steps ahead of time, you can respond to this situation fast and prevent any of these dangers from taking place.

1. Document the Damage
If you have insurance coverage, the first step should be to call your provider and inform them of the situation. This step will speed up the claims process. Additionally, the company may have some special requirements regarding recovery and damage documentation. Take photos, film video, and write down detailed notes of the damage as you remove the water from the flooded area. Damage documentation is vital for insurance claims.

2. Clear the Standing Water
The most important step in dealing with a basement flood is clearing out the standing water. Before you even approach the location, wear protective clothing, gloves, and boots to protect yourself from the contaminated water. Ensure that the power is turned off and that there are no electrical hazards. You will use different methods depending on the flood level. You can handle smaller floods by scooping water out with a bucket or sucking it out with a wet/dry vacuum. Larger floods require a pump with a separate power source.

3. Dry and Clean the Items
The affected items will be wet and likely contaminated by the water's bacteria. First, dry them out by using fans and dehumidifiers. Afterward, use disinfectants to clean the items. These products will depend on whether the water source is the sewer, rain, or others. Again, use protective gear when cleaning your possessions. If you feel you lack the necessary equipment or expertise, you can always contact water damage repair services.
Having a multi-step plan to handle a basement flood is important. Prepare in the case of flooding and hire professionals to help you mitigate the damage efficiently.

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