Protect Your Family From The Dangers Of A Flooded Basement
One of the most dangerous things that can happen in your home is basement flooding. If your basement floods, it can present both an immediate threat to your safety and cause long term damage to your home. It is essential that you do everything you can to protect yourself against basement flooding so that you and your home are safe. If your basement has flooded, you need to call an expert right away.
Immediate Dangers Of A Flooded Basement
If your basement floods, there are a couple of immediate threats to your safety. First the water can become electrified from exposure to outlets and electrical wiring. Even a small amount of basement water can conduct electricity, so any flooding can be a serious risk. Secondly, water will extinguish the pilot light on hot water heaters and furnaces which could lead to a natural gas leak. A natural gas leak can cause carbon monoxide poisoning throughout your whole home. Finally, if your home is connected to a sewage system or septic tank, raw sewage may be present in the flooding water. Raw sewage can spread a multitude of nasty diseases into your home, so any water in your basement maybe a hazard to your health. So no matter if the flooding is minor or very severe, you should never enter a flooded basement.
Long-Term Dangers After Basement Flooding
Beyond the immediate health hazards of a flooded basement, basement flooding can cause long-term structural damage to your home including:
- Structural damage to your house foundation
- Damage to your basement walls, floor, and ceiling like cracks, holes, and bowing
- Damage your home’s infrastructure like the electrical, heating, and plumbing systems
- Ruin your furniture, appliances, and personal belongings
- Flooding can attract all kinds of pests like insects and rodents
- Moisture can foster mold and mildew growth that can be hazardous to your family’s health
Basement flooding can cause a lot of costly problems and even permanently damage your home.
The best way to avoid the immediate and long-term dangers is to prevent basement flooding in the first place. If you live in the Maryland area and believe that your home is at risk of flooding, call the experts at AA Action Waterproofing. Our friendly staff can help you come up with a comprehensive plan to mitigate and prevent dangerous basement flooding tailored to the specific needs of your home. So call us today for a free consultation to see how we can help protect your family!