It’s important to know how to recover from a flooded basement. Bio-Clean Environmental Industries, serving Denver, Cheyenne and beyond, can help you with damage repair services to prevent further devastation like harmful mold which can begin growing within 24-48 hours of the flood. No matter what the cause, our team of professionals can help stop the water damage from spreading and restore your home or business.
A flooded basement can cause damage to your floors and personal belongings, the resulting mold and mildew can lead to allergic reactions, asthma, and the water can create other safety dangers as well. Here’s what to watch for and how to respond:
If your basement is finished, there will probably be electrical appliances and sockets that can cause electric shock if they are exposed to water. Always make sure you have turned the electricity off before you go into the basement after a flood. If possible, contact your utility provider and have them shut off the electricity on their end, too.
There also may be a gas leak. If you smell gas, contact your local utility company or fire department right away.
Some flooded basements may contain raw sewage. This type of water has bacteria that can transmit diseases. You should not come in contact with the water without full protective gear. You need to wash thoroughly anything that touches raw sewage.
A severe flood can cause structural problems for your house. You may need a professional contractor or building engineer to make sure it is safe. You should respond quickly so you can get rid of the water and deal with these issues to minimize the damages and the dangers.
Take Safety Precautions
The most important thing is to make sure you and your family are safe. Until the area is safe there can be no flood clean-up. If the water is from rain or snow, wait until the water danger is gone. Carefully look for downed power lines and call the city if necessary. Check for gas leaks and structural damage.
Determine the Cause of the Flood
It’s important to know what caused your basement’s flood so you can make sure it doesn’t re-occur. It is usually caused by a broken pipe, sewage backup or an outside water source.
If a pipe has burst, find the main water shut-off valve and shut it off. If the flood has dirty water and a bad smell it is probably from a sewage backup. Don’t use any water, even the toilet, washing machine, dishwasher or anything else with a drain. This will prevent more flooding. It could also be an internal plumbing problem. Heavy rain, snow or a drainage problem with the foundation can cause water to enter your home or business. Check the foundation for damage.
Contact Your Insurance Agent
You should contact your insurance agent to notify them of the flood. Take a lot of pictures of the flood and the damage to both your home and possessions.
Clean-Up & Repairs
Now you are ready for water and flood damage repair services. Basically, this involves draining the water from the basement, cleaning and sanitizing the area, and drying out the basement.
There may need to be some repairs done to fix damages, such as replacing drywall, removing and replacing flooring and more. Make sure you work with an experienced construction crew for your restoration work.
When it comes to how to recover from a flooded basement, give Bio-Clean Environmental Industries a call. We’ll start with a detailed estimate and walk you through our water and flood damage repair services which include water extraction, drying out the affected areas, as well as cleaning and restoration. Let us get your life back to normal.