Basement flooding is one of many stressors a homeowner may face. Discovering water in your basement as a result of rain or improper drainage can leave you reeling, wondering what you need to do. The Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties urge any homeowner to keep calm and play it smart if you experience basement flooding.
Here’s what you can do right now.
First thing: what causes basement flooding?
It’s important to know that basement flooding can occur at any time and at any point in the year. And while basement flooding often occurs after heavy rains or rapidly melting snow in early spring, waters can rise when you least expect it. A burst pipe, blocked drain, or improper basement sealing could be the culprit according to the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties. But to know for sure, you may need help.
What to do when your basement floods
Unless you must enter the basement and the flooded area, avoid doing so altogether and call a professional right away to remove the floodwater. If you must enter the basement to retrieve affected documents, furniture, or personal items, first shut off any power to the basement. SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties warns to never enter a flooded basement while the power is on.
Once you’re sure the power to the basement has been cut, immediately remove any affected items to cut down on the potential for water damage. Store them in a dry area while professionals are on the way.
Try to determine the source of the flood. Without entering the water, can you see if a pipe has burst? Is the basement drain clogged? Has a storm just passed overhead? Determining the cause may help professionals do their job a little faster so you can get back to a basement clear of water.
Knowing what caused the flood may help in preventing future flooding. If your gutters fail or your foundation is cracked, fixing the problems can help keep your basement clear.
Are you experiencing basement flooding? The Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties work around-the-clock to provide 24-hour emergency service. Contact them today to learn how they can remove the water, prevent mold growth, and help restore any water damaged documents: 609-624-0202.