At Murrayville Plumbing, we know that a flooded basement can give even the most stoic homeowner a sense of helplessness and panic. If you have a basement flood, the best thing you can do is to try not to over-analyze the situation because it might not be as bad as you think. Here are some simple tips on what to do if your basement floods in Langley.
1. Never Enter a Flooded Basement
Basement floods do more than cause property damage; they can also pose a threat to you and your family members. If your circuit breaker is not located in the basement, shut off the power to your home. If the power is left on, electrical appliances or devices could become dangerous is they come in contact with the water. You should also avoid entering a flooded basement if the you know or suspect that the water has risen above the level of electrical outlets, baseboard heaters, furnace, or is near your electrical panel.
2. Remove the Water
Once you have shut off the power to your home and removed electronic devices or other items that were in harm’s way, you can start removing the water from the flooded basement in order to properly assess the damage. If your basement is flooded, your sump pump has obviously failed, so you might need to purchase a new one and then use it to drain the water. A pump will not remove all of the water from your basement, which means that you will most likely need to use a mop and towels to clean up the rest. It is imperative that you remove the water as quickly as possible, as a damp environment provides mold a chance to grow. If your basement has more than two feet of water, get in touch with the team of professional Langley plumbers at Murrayville Plumbing about our basement drainage services instead of attempting to remove the water yourself.
3. Dealing with Your Damp Objects
In order to effectively dry out your basement, you will also need to remove everything that got wet and placing them in an area where they can dry out. Along with removing wet objects, you should rip up the wet carpet. In some cases, the carpet can be salvageable but usually the carpet and the padding beneath it both need to be completely replaced.
4. Drying the Basement
To properly dry out your basement, you might need to buy or rent fans or industrial blowers. You can use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture, help your basement dry faster, and minimize mold’s chances of growing.
If you would like to learn more about what to do if your basement floods in Langley, or if you are interested in one of our services, please contact Murrayville Plumbing at 778-888-6451 or by filling out a contact form on our website. Our team of professional Langley plumbers can help you will all of your plumbing service needs.
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