At Anytime Flood Restoration in Denver, we want to share our insight on next steps after a basement flood. Having a pipe burst during a cold snap can lead to flooding, particularly below ground. We can help with clean up and get your basement back to normal. Until we arrive on the scene, these tips will help get you started on the road to a full restoration.
Do Not Enter Your Basement
A flooded basement can be dangerous. If you find your basement taking on water, even just a few inches, call an electrician right away. You need to be sure that your basement is safe to enter and it may be best to have professionals make that determination.
If your main breaker box is not in the basement, shut off the power to your home. Electrical appliances can present a danger in a flooding situation, so turning the main power off will help. If your breaker box is located in the basement, you’ll need to wait for a professional to arrive. Do not attempt to enter your basement if the power to your home is still running.
Once it is safe, removing water is the next concern. It’s likely that your sump pump has failed if your basement is flooded. You may need to purchase a new one to pump the water out. Once most of the water is gone, remaining water may need to be cleaned up using towels and mops.
If the water levels are high (two or more feet) contacting a professional service, such as Anytime Flood Restoration will help you get rid of water quickly and will help you dry out the area thoroughly. This will help prevent mold issues which are common after flooding.
Remove All Wet Items
Anything that got wet in the flood will need to be taken out to allow for drying. Any wet carpeting and padding will need to be removed. Depending on your situation, your carpet may not be salvageable.
Contact Your Insurance
One of the key next steps after a basement flood is to contact your insurance company and file your claim as quickly as possible. This will help ensure that you are able to provide your insurance company with anything they need to process your claim. They may also help cover the costs of repairs, replacements, and mold remediation. If you bring us out to help with your flooding, we can work directly with your insurance company to track, itemize, record and process all damages and costs.
You will probably need industrial fans and blowers to properly dry the area. You will also need to dehumidify the area. Using a professional service is really the fastest method for getting your basement dried quickly. The faster you are able to dry up the water, the more likely you will avoid a mold problem.
Proper clean up includes proper mold mitigation. Your professional remediation company can provide direction for keeping the area dry and preventing mold from getting a hold in your home. Regular inspections, dehumidifiers, and air filters may be needed to keep the area dry and mold free.
Use these next steps after a basement flood to help you get your basement back to normal fast. If you need help with your basement or home flooding, please contact our friendly experts here at Anytime Flood Restoration in Denver.