Flooded Basement? Now What?

water damage dry out dayton ohioThere’s a sudden downpour, unexpected pipe that bursts, or leaking windows and your basement has blooded. Now what do you do?

Water damage is one of the most destructive damages out there. Just an inch of water can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Can you imagine how much damage more than one inch of water could cause?

Keep your home safe and dry by following the correct procedures whether it’s a minor or serious flood.

First, do not enter the flooded area right away for many reasons. Electrical shock could occur or the water could be contaminated. Protect yourself by covering up and shutting off all of the basement’s electricity, not matter how much it has flooded.

Ventilate your home by opening windows and doors and contact a professional as soon as you can, the sooner the better. As stressful as water damage can be, contacting a professional will decrease the amount of damage and take a load of stress off of you.

It is advised not to rid the water yourself, since it is not very safe and could cause more damage such as yours walls cracking or crumbing in from unbalanced pressure. Our professionals at Active Restoration are trained to know the proper procedures for water damage dry out in Dayton, Ohio.

Preventions

Whether your basement has flooded before or has never flooded, it’s good to take some prevention just in case an unexpected tragedy occurs. Here are a few things to reduce your risk of a flooded basement and decrease the amount of damage:

  • Avoid storing numerous amounts of valuable items in your basement.
  • Make sure your ground by your foundation slopes away from your house.
  • Keep gutters and downspouts unclogged and position away from foundation.
  • Seal windows and vents.

Avoid Long Term Issues

By hiring professionals you can avoid unseen issues like mold and mildew, which can lead to allergies and other sicknesses. Other long-term water damage issues can weaken the structure of your home and decrease the value of your home.

Our professionals at Active restoration will remove all of the water, dry it out, and fully restore your home back to it’s original condition. We are available 24/7 for your restoration and emergency needs!

Written by Chrissie Parker
on September 4, 2014