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What Do You Do When There Is Water In A Basement?

One of the most stressful and frustrating discoveries a homeowner can make is finding water in the basement. It is staggering how fast a disaster like a sudden pipe burst can fill a room with water. In fact, it’s common for homeowners to go to bed with a dry home and wake up to soaked flooring. Of course, dealing with this type of damage can be rather difficult, especially if it has infiltrated the home from a contaminated source, such as a flood or a sewage leak. It’s not safe or sanitary for a homeowner to attempt restoration on their own, which is why homeowners are recommended to seek certified, experienced professionals to handle the process.

What should a homeowner do when spotting water in the basement?

In short, it depends on how much water is present. If there’s just a small leak in a pipe, a professional can typically patch up the problem in an hour or two, at the most. However, if there is enough fluid present for it to pool and fill the room, then thorough restoration will be needed, and this something that only professionals are equipped to handle.

That’s why contacting a restoration company should be among the first things a homeowner does upon discovering excess water in the home. If water is continuing to rush into the home, then shutting down the plumbing should be a priority. If the fluid is contaminated, homeowners should not test their luck by walking through it, and this is usually the case when a home has been badly damaged in a flood or sewage backflow. Contaminated fluid often contains dangerous animals, chemical runoff, fungi, and many pathogens. Contaminated water in the basement should only be managed by people wearing proper safety equipment, and this is something homeowners are unlikely to have on hand.

If possible, a homeowner can speed up the restoration process by rescuing anything that hasn’t been soaked through or exposed to the contaminated fluid for long. Organic materials, like paper, cloth and porous woods, will many times be beyond help if they have been exposed to contaminated fluid for at least 48 hours, but a quick response might save some precious items. Solid wood typically resists contaminated fluid better, but efforts will need to be taken to ensure it doesn’t start warping.

If there is water in the basement, it is highly recommended that the homeowner not go into those areas.  A professional restorer will shut down the electricity in that area prior to doing an inspection. If wires have been exposed, it may not be safe for anyone due to the risk of electrocution. Shutting down electricity also lowers the risk of a fire breaking out.

Dealing with flooding in the home can be an expensive, annoying experience. But with the help of a certified team of restoration professionals, a homeowner can get their home back to normal quickly, and with minimal damage to the room.

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