Why Do Basements Flood?
There’s many reasons for basement flooding. Heavy rains can bring in groundwater through cracks in your foundation, sump pumps or drainage systems can fail, water or sewage can back up from clogged basement floor drains, and even things like your furnace or water heater can cause your flooding.
8 Things To Do When Your Basement Floods
- Safety first! Don’t immediately enter a flooded crawlspace or basement.
- Find protective gear to wear if you enter your basement. Get some rain boots and gloves to make sure you don’t come in contact with dirty or contaminated water, especially if from a sewer backup or rainwater. If it’s past your knees, you may need chest waders as well - but if your basement is this flooded, we wouldn’t recommend entering. Rather, call us here at SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline to help.
- Locate the source of the water. If caused by a burst pipe or any other faulty appliance, turn off the water immediately. If caused by rain, you want to wait until the storm has passed and stops pouring water into your home.
- If you have a floor drain or sump pump, check and see if it’s clogged.
- Begin removing water from the basement.
- Dry EVERYTHING out! Remove wet or water damaged items and decide if they can be salvaged. Be sure to set up fans, dehumidifiers and open windows to help dry out your basement. If there was a lot of water, household equipment may not be able to get the job done. SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline has commercial grade equipment that will be able to quickly and thoroughly dry your basement, and ensure no moisture is left behind. Check out our Water Damage Restoration Process for more information!
- Clean and sanitize basement walls and floors! Even though it may now be dry, the flood water may have been dirty or contaminated, depending on its source. Additionally, mold and mildew may already have begun to grow during your drying efforts.
- Take steps to prevent basement flooding in the future.
When Should You Call A Professional To Help Cleanup Your Flooded Basement?
If the water in your basement is more than several feet deep, you should call a professional flooded basement cleanup company like SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline. We are water damage restoration specialists and will be able to remove water, dry out your basement, clean and sanitize all walls and floors to prevent mold growth, and can even restore your belongings. If you want to be sure your home is dry, sanitary and safe after a basement flood, we can help!