When a cellar becomes partially or fully submerged in water, it may cause permanent damage to the home and various equipment. It is crucial for people with flooded basements to take immediate action. The right steps can cut repair costs, maximize insurance compensation and minimize the risk of injuries or illnesses.
If the water is coming from your pipes or plumbing fixtures, attempt to turn it off. You may need to close the main valve. Report any severed natural gas lines to the gas company. If you can reach the circuit breaker box safely, switch off the electrical supply.
When a burst pipe, toilet or appliance causes basement flooding, contact a reputable plumber as soon as possible. Do not use an automatic dishwasher or flush the toilet if sewage has backed up. The same goes for your washing machine, sinks and any equipment that produces waste water.
If your home uses municipal water and/or sewer systems, the city government may accept reports of flooded cellars. It is most important to notify local officials of potential problems with the sewage system. This assists them in performing any necessary infrastructure repairs. A city website may provide instructions.
Home insurers need to know about flooding as quickly as possible. You will be more likely to receive compensation if you contact the company immediately. Coverage will vary depending on the cause of the flood. Be sure to photograph any damaged appliances, HVAC equipment or structural components.
You can hire a contractor to clean up your cellar or do it yourself. Remember to put on protective outerwear and open the windows if the outdoor temperature remains above freezing. Consider renting a vacuum cleaner with wet-dry capabilities. Box fans can help you dry the basement more rapidly.
To prevent rust and mold, try to remove your possessions from the wet area as quickly as possible. Record the names and serial numbers of damaged items. Do not throw out any valuables until your insurance company tells you that you can do so. Use a disinfecting spray on equipment that has come in contact with sewage or dirty water.
Keep in mind that insurance companies are more helpful when they see that homeowners with flooded basements have taken steps to minimize flood risks. Think about moving appliances above ground. Homeowners may also prevent flooding by installing dependable sump pumps. The most reliable systems have backup batteries and alternate pumps. Sump pumps have been proven as reliable in preventing situations like these and can help you prevent your basement from flooding and the mess that comes with it.
You will require a professional plumber to install the sump pump and the plumbing system because it needs to be connected properly to a drainage system. To install your sump pump, contact Robinson Plumbing. Robinson Plumbing is a local, family owned company. We offer both residential and commercial plumbing services. Our quality service is fast, clean, and available 24/7.