Flooding is something that is part of every homeowner’s nightmare, perhaps topped only by concerns of fire. When flooding happens, usually it affects the lowest part of the house, which is the basement. Cleanup is not easy, but it has to be done soon after flooding happens, so the damage is minimized. Before commencing this work, ensure that there are no risks of shocks due to electrical wiring coming into contact with water. Prioritize saving your personal items, but determine the root cause of flooding first.
- Try to pinpoint where the water is coming in, whether it’s from the floor drain, plumbing, walls, windows, etc.
- When it is safe, unplug all electronics and begin carrying belongings to higher ground.
- Remove standing water with a mop or, if its deeper, a submersible pump or wet/dry vac.
“If water is currently coming into your basement, you should exercise extreme caution and follow the first step before taking additional action.”