What to Do When Your Basement Floods

There’s a major storm and you didn’t have time to waterproof your basement beforehand. Now it’s flooded—what should you do? As stressful as basement floods can be, there are certain steps you can take to protect your home from serious water damage and keep you and your family safe. We’ve outlined some tips below that should help you with damage control.

Address Safety Hazards in the Home

The first thing you should do after your basement floods is address any health and safety hazards associated with a wet basement. Here are some steps you should take immediately:
  • If possible, turn off the power to reduce the risk of electrical shock.
  • Make sure you don’t smell gas—if you do, it can indicate a gas leak and you should leave the house and contact your utility company.
  • Limit your exposure to the water, which can contain contaminants or bacteria that can transmit disease.
  • Check your basement walls to see if they appear excessively damp or unsteady in any way. If they do, you may have structural damage and should not occupy the space until the excess water is removed and foundation repairs are done.
  • Call your insurance company to see if you’re covered for this type of event and, if so, file a claim. Make sure to provide your insurer with photos of the damage.

Basement Flood Cleanup

Depending on the extent of your water damage, you may not be able to perform basement flood cleanup on your own. However, there are some small steps you can take to reduce the damage:
  • Remove as much of your belongings as you can from the flooded area so that mold won’t grow on them.
  • Take out any rugs that are wet; they may need to be discarded.
  • Eliminate excess water with rags and a wet/dry vacuum.
  • Have your furniture professionally cleaned.
  • Dry and disinfect any built-in features.
  • Contact a professional foundation repair company that can solve your foundation problems.
As you follow these tips for basement flood cleanup, make sure you wear gloves and protective clothing and stay away from electrical outlets and appliances. You should also keep your windows open and use fans to provide some ventilation and help dry your space.

Preventing Future Basement Floods

Your basement has already flooded once and you don’t want it to happen again. Luckily, there are several things you can do to protect your home and prevent future basement floods. First, you should have a basement inspection done to assess any remaining water damage and repair any existing cracks or leaks. A professional waterproofing company will discuss your concerns with you and help you find the best basement waterproofing solution for your space. Ameri-Dry® provides foundation repair and waterproofing services in cities throughout Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Tennessee. Contact us today to prevent future basement floods in your home with our state-of-the-art waterproofing systems!