3 Things To Do After Your Basement Floods

3 Things To Do After Your Basement Floods

It’s not a matter of if it’ll happen, it’s a matter of when. If you have a basement, you’ll want to have a game plan for when flooding or water damage occurs. Water Damage Defense reported that 98 percent of American basements have experienced water damage in their lifespan and that 37 percent of homeowners have suffered losses from water damage. Here are three tips on what you should do after you’ve experienced flooding in your basement.

Be proactive before a flooding occurs

 

The best way to be prepared for something is to be proactive. Rather than wait for the incident to occur and then react, take precautionary measures before the accident to ensure your basement is protected.

Start by researching basement waterproofing services and products. Though it may sound silly, waterproofing your basement can protect you from water damage. You can do this in multiple ways on your own, too. You can fill old cracks and holes with hydraulic cement to avoid water leaking into your basement or apply a concrete sealer to the walls or floor.

Another thing you could do is consider renovating the base of the house so that it include irrigational tubes made from PVC piping. This technique will provide you with the ability to direct water out of your basement in the event of a flooding.

 

Assess the situation and act accordingly

 

After water damage or flooding occurs, you will want to assess the situation before acting. Depending on your current predicament, you’ll need to take different actions. The first thing you’ll do in any scenario is make sure you’ve cut all power to the basement; you don’t want to get electrocuted. Cutting the power means both electricity and gas. Secondly, assess from where the water is coming. If the water is not coming from outside or from nature, then you’ll want to act immediately. It’s most likely a leak. You’ll want to assess where the source of the leak is and consider ways to temporarily plug it up until a professional can come to fix it permanently. If the water is coming from rain or a storm, you’ll want to wait to act until after the storm has passed. Regardless of the situation, be sure you’re decked out in protective gear such as rubber gloves and boots.

 

Be prepared for repairs

 

The most important thing on this list is being prepared for repairs. Repairing an entire section of your house can be a pricey feat, which is why we suggest you always reserve savings for uncontrollable situations like this one. You should tuck cash away, whether that be physically or in an actual savings account, for potential disasters. When your basement floods, you’re going to need a whole host of repairs. You’ll need to look into basement foundation repairs, repairs to outlets and other fixtures, and repairs to any water damage caused to the walls.

You may also be in need of repairs to your carpet or tile floors. Flooding can ruin these products and force you to replace them. Do some research on a carpeting or tile store near you. These can be pricey, though you can find affordable options. Nevertheless, you’ll want to have a small fund you’re able to tap into so that you don’t go broke repairing this one room in your home.

A flooded basement can be costly and stressful for the homeowner, so consider following the above steps. Whether it is before or after a flooding, it’s never too late to fix up the basement with the items you need to protect your home from the next flooding.

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