Basement floods are not as uncommon as many would like to believe. You don’t have to live near a body of water prone to flooding to experience a basement flood in your Seattle home. Homeowner’s have a very real possibility of experiencing a basement flood and need to be prepared if it does happen in their home.
If your basement floods, you need to pinpoint the source of the water. Did a pipe burst? Is this a result of urban flooding? Urban flooding is a HUGE source of basement floods in the Seattle area. With heavy rainfall and less than adequate draining systems, hundreds of Seattle homes experience basement floods due to storms. Pinpoint where the excess water is coming from so that can be addressed.
Before you try to stop anything, remember to properly protect yourself. Floods can bring in dirty water from sewage leaks and broken or damaged pipes. Don’t attempt to do anything until you have taken proper safety precautions. This includes wearing protective clothing, goggles, and gloves. Power and gas supplies should be turned off to avoid any potential hazards. It is not safe to work in a buildup of water when there could be live electrical currents around. If you are not educated on how to turn these off, call a professional technician that can turn them off for you.
Do not attempt to remove water from your basement with a regular vacuum. Household vacuum cleaners do not have the capacity to deal with water removal. A sump pump or a bucket and mop can start to clear the water out until you can get a professional water removal company in to assess the damage and make sure that all the water is removed. It is important to clear the water out as quickly as possible to stop mold growth and structural damage to the basement. Mold growth can begin in as little as 24 hours so you don’t want to stall with the water removal process. Luckily, many water removal companies, like PureDry, offer emergency services, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your convenience.
So, some of your water damaged items may be salvageable. If not, it is important to understand that water damaged items can be contaminated and can eventually spawn mold. It is best to get rid of any items that cannot be disinfected and saved. Damaged floors, carpet, insulation and baseboards are best to be thrown out. If you can save them, a good water damage team will let you know and help you. According to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, you should throw out any electrical items that have been subject to flooding. If you find yourself questioning whether something is salvageable, it is best to throw it out. If you are not sure, talk to a professional, licensed water damage team that are educated and experienced in basement floods. They will know the best course of action to take and how to help you save everything that can possibly be saved.