How to Recover from a Flooded Basement
Dealing with a flooded basement requires quick thinking, along with a series of steps to help minimize damage. So if you ever have the unfortunate experience of dealing with a flooded basement, here are some steps to help you recover.
Once you notice that your basement is flooded, before entering it, ensure that the area is safe to enter. Make sure that the main electric switch is turned off. If you hear a hissing noise, do not enter the basement.
Act Quickly and Remove Valuable Items
Once it is safe to enter, it is imperative to stay calm and act quickly to remove any valuable items that can be salvaged from the water. Focus on items that have the most value to you.
Take a Picture of the Damage
Take a photo of the flooded area and any items or associated damage to document for insurance purposes.
Call your Insurance Company
Give your insurance company a call, and explain the situation and damage to them. They can advise you on what to do and inform you whether the damages will be covered.
Call your Local Water Removal Company
Depending on the level and severity of the flood, you might need to call a water removal company in Ottawa to help take care of the water.
Dry the Area
Once the water has been sufficiently removed or drained, you will need to dry it. You can use some fans, along with a dehumidifier to help remove the excess moisture. This is a critical step as failure to dry the area adequately can result in mold.
Clean and Disinfect
You will need to clean up any areas where water has touched. Use a disinfectant and wipe down the walls and floors that have come in contact with the water.
If you have carpet, you will need to remove it and use a wet vacuum to soak up any water. If you have hardwood flooring, again, take photos so that you can provide your insurance company with proof of damage and determine what will be covered.
No one ever wants to be welcomed by a flooded basement. But if you happen to, it’s important to stay calm, stay safe and act quickly. Remove any valuable items first, take photos of the damage, and always consult with your insurance company immediately so they can advise you on what to do and determine your coverage. By simply following each of these steps, you’ll be better equipped to recover from any flooded basement in the future.
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