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What To Do With A Flooded Basement

If you don’t know how to handle a flooded basement, there are actions that can be taken to properly address the situation.

Any basement could get flooded. While not the most reassuring information, it is information that should be known. There are homeowners who think that their basements aren’t at risk of flooding because they live in an area with little rainfall.

Unfortunately, any house can face a flooded basement. A flooded basement can result from a range of different house problems, including plumbing and sewage leaks. No matter how severe the flooding is, it can pose a danger to your health and the health of everyone in your home.

If you don’t know how to handle a flooded basement, there are actions that can be taken to properly address the situation.

What To Do

First and foremost, do NOT walk into standing water that is in your basement. The water could have bacteria that is harmful to your health. On top of that, if there is any electrical wiring that is exposed, standing in the water puts you at risk of electrocution. Rather than risk your safety, call an electrician as soon as you can so they can turn off and remove any electrical gear that might have been exposed to the water. You could get a flooded basement for all sorts of reasons.  It could be plumbing leaks, melting snow, too much rain, leaky windows, or a basement foundation leak, among other things.

Because water always travels from high places to lower ones, your basement, the lowest level of your home, is susceptible to any water that might slip through the cracks

There are many reasons for basement leaks in your home, but there are three that are more common than the rest: plumbing leaks, sewage leaks, and foundation leaks.

Plumbing Leaks

Plumbing leaks result from a leaking pipe, washing machine supply hose or heater or water tank. Before calling for professional help, you can turn off the water in your home, which will stop most of the problems. You turn off the water using the water shut-off valve. If your valve is buried underground, you may need to call a plumber who has the tools to turn the valve off.

A plumber will also be able to use a high-capacity pump that can remove all of the water from the basement. You don’t want that water soaking into your carpeting and drywall to start the formation of mold.

Sewage Leaks

Sewage leaks get caused by clogged sewer lines and septic tank backups. First, turn off your faucets and do NOT flush any toilets until the leak is fixed. Leave most of the cleanup to a septic specialist. Sewage leaks can be hazardous and must be handled with the utmost care, and these specialists know how to address the situation.

Foundation Leaks

Flooded basements can also be caused by foundation leaks. Foundation leaks come from too much rain, bad yard drainage, and sewer backups. You want to contact a foundation contractor so they can inspect your basement., find out what caused the flood, and propose a solution for sealing your foundation, so future leaks aren’t a problem.

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