Basement Flooded? Here’s The First Thing To Do
All homes with basements have some risk of flooding. However, homes that are older are at significantly greater flood risk, and water can encroach on your property very quickly.
You will usually have a short time in which to respond during a flood situation. Likewise, a flood does not necessarily mean your basement will be totally flooded, although it may be.
What’s the first thing you should do?
Respond To A Flood Within The First Five Minutes To Minimize Damage
The most important thing that you can do to ensure your safety in the event the basement is flooded is stop electricity flowing into the basement while water is entering the room.
Typically, you can do this from your master circuit breaker at minimal or no risk to you. Only under very rare circumstances would this be located in the basement itself.
After this, carefully judge the rate at which water is entering your basement, as well as the weather conditions that might be contributing to it. If it is safe, you can remove electronic and electrical items from the basement before standing water becomes too onerous.
Remember that, after you’ve done some of these basic things, you should stay out of the basement until it can be looked at by a professional. Mold starts growing within a very short time in flooded basements, and this can be dangerous.
What’s The Second Thing To Do In A Basement Flood? Just Call AA Action Waterproofing
Flooded basements can cause significant problems for you, including severe property damage and even health complications. All of this starts within a very short time after the flooding.
You can’t completely prevent damage after a flood, but you can stop it from getting worse. The key is calling AA Action Waterproofing. We’re available no matter where you are: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Delaware.
No matter what you decide to do about your flooding situation, the most important thing is to stay safe. Defend yourself from the consequences of another basement flood by letting us help you dry your basement and waterproof it so you’ll be protected in the future.
For a free estimate with no risk to you, just call or email. We are always out there waiting to help!