Ensuring Safety After A Basement Flood In Your Home
If your basement is flooding, you could have a potential emergency on your hands. There are plenty of things in the average basement that just don’t mix with flood water!
There are many things that you can do to reduce the risk of harm and perhaps even slow down property damage in the event that your basement is flooding. Most basements don’t flood completely within a short time, giving you a window in which to react.
However, it’s important to prioritize. Once there is standing water in the room, the danger to you increases exponentially thanks to unseen perils — including mold and items submerged in the water.
Five Things You Can Do To Ensure Safety In A Flooded Basement
If you have time, consider these steps:
- Turn Off Electricity Going To The Basement
You can do this from your master circuit breaker within the home.
- Remove Electric Appliances And Electronics
Any electronics that become submerged will be destroyed, but even smaller, cheaper items can present a hazard. Focus on high-value items like computers, then smaller, easily moved items.
- Remove Chemicals That Can Mix With Flood Water
If you have paint cans or other chemicals that could mix with the flood water to present a hazard, move them if possible. Polluted flood water can be very dangerous.
- Remove Foodstuffs
Many basements these days are home to a cooler or a mini-fridge. Removing items that could spoil during the course of a flood will make cleaning up easier.
- Warn Others
Once you’ve done all you can, the most important step is to ensure that no one ventures down into the basement during the flood. Call for professional help instead!
Stay Safe, Not Sorry, When You Call AA Action Waterproofing To Help You With Your Flood
A basement flood can cause a large amount of damage, including damage that could wipe out your important papers and damage your electrical wiring. Within the first few minutes of a flood situation, your responses are critical.
Most homeowners aren’t prepared to dry out their own basement effectively. To get it done by the professionals, call us today — we are working hard for you in Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
A flooded basement is a big problem, but we can help you turn the corner. With our professional waterproofing, you can have peace of mind knowing that your basement is prepared to stay dry. We’re not done until you’re satisfied.
Call or email today for your free estimate — or, if you have an emergency, just let us know and we’ll be there as soon as possible.