A basement flood can happen to any home, even those that aren’t in high-risk flood areas, as a variety of plumbing issues can result in a flood. For that reason, every homeowner should know how to handle the situation! Continue reading for a few tips on what steps to take after experiencing a basement flood and how Smith and Son’s can help with our flood cleanup restoration services.
Don’t Walk In Standing Water
First things first, let’s discuss what you shouldn’t do after your basement floods. It is crucial to never walk into the standing water of a home flood, as it can be extremely dangerous. Not only can the water contain harmful bacteria from a sewage leak, but there is also a high risk of shock or electrocution from exposed electrical wiring. Keep your family away from the water and call an electrician as quickly as possible to turn off the electricity or remove electrical equipment that has been exposed to water.
After calling an electrician, it’s time to remove the water to asses the damage. A flooded basement means that your sump pump has failed, so you may need to buy a new one and use it to drain the water. While the pump won’t remove all of the water, it helps get the process started, and you can use a mop and towels to clean up the rest.
Dry The Area
It’s crucial to get the water out as soon as possible and start drying before mold starts to grow in the wet basement. Keep in mind that the area won’t dry on its own; you will need to use large fans or industrial blowers around the room. You can also use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture and minimize the chance of mold growth.
Always Call A Professional
If your home experienced a major flood from a natural disaster, you should call an emergency water restoration company right away. Instead of doing all of the steps above by yourself, Smith and Son’s will take care of everything and respond to your call immediately! Our flood cleanup services include assessing the damage of your property and turning off any electricity flowing to the basement, so you won’t need to call an electrician.
After inspecting the area and determining the damage, we remove all flood water quickly, dry the area, and provide a thorough estimate using an industry-leading estimation program. We will work with your insurance company and adjuster to ensure the process is as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Flood Cleanup Restoration from Smith & Son’s Contracting
If you are ready for expert flood cleanup restoration services at any time of day, Smith & Son’s Contracting has the expertise, quality, and experience in the restoration and insurance industries you need. We don’t settle for less, and you shouldn’t either. For an exceptional job at an honest price throughout Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Pasadena, Ellicott City, Severna Park, and Columbia areas, give us a call today at (410) 360-5252 or 1-800-246-3782 for 24/7 home improvement and home remodeling services. You can also keep up with us on Facebook, and check out our blog!