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How To Handle an Emergency Basement Flooding

8/25/2019 (Permalink)

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A basement flood can ruin your carpet, wallpaper and furniture. It can also be dangerous to clean up. If the rainy season caused your sump pump to fail, follow these safety tips instead of heading into the murky waters without preparation.

Be Careful Around Electricity

Water and electrical components don’t mix well. Even an inch of water in a flooded basement can pose a serious risk. A common first step after discovering a flood is to switch off the electrical power in your basement area. Avoid contact with the water when accessing your service panel by standing on a dry piece of furniture or accessory, such as:

  • Dry lumber
  • Plastic step stool
  • Fiberglass step ladder

If a basement flood reaches the same height as your outlets or service panel, then you have a more serious problem. Call residential flood cleanup experts in Red Rock,GA, instead of venturing into the flooded area by yourself. Experts can drain the water from your home, remove debris and salvage your possessions.

Move Slowly and Deliberately

Enter your basement with a clear head. Take a flashlight with you so you can navigate the space after turning off the electrical power. Expect your basement floor to be slippery and littered with material from the sump pump. It might be tempting to try to salvage appliances such as lamps, televisions and mini-refrigerators, but they should be replaced if they have had contact with water.

Receive Compensation From Your Insurance

Insurance coverage may cover the costs of repairs. File a claim with your company as soon as possible. Ask if your insurance company can send an expert to your location to assess the extent of the damage and offer guidance.

A basement flood is an unfortunate incident that can be complicated to clean up. Your safety should be at the forefront. These tips can help you follow best safety practices so you don’t injure yourself in the process.

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