If you’re a resident of Grand Rapids, you know all too well how vulnerable the area is to flood damage. One of the areas most susceptible to damage is the basement, primarily because it is the lowest point of the home and often sits underground. If you’re worried about basement flood damage, you should be. 98% of homeowners with basements will experience water damage at some point.
Each year, one in every 50 homes will submit a property damage claim as the result of water damage. Unfortunately, at this point, it’s too late to prevent the accident from occurring. Now that the home has already suffered from basement flood damage, it’s crucial to evaluate what should happen next.
Upon discovering a flood in the basement, your first instinct will be to enter the water. However, you need to be mindful of a few safety aspects before doing so. First and foremost, you need to concern yourself with the electricity in your home. If water comes in contact with your home’s electrical wiring, you and your family are at risk for severe, if not fatal, electrical shocks. If possible, cut the power to your home to reduce the risk of this occurring.
You’ll also want to be mindful of contaminants that may exist in the water. Stagnant water is a hotbed for bacteria and diseases. Be sure to wear protective clothing whenever you are entering the water. Similarly, be sure to wear shoes in the flood water. You may not be able to see through the water, thus exposing yourself to
- Hidden obstructions
- Venomous bugs
- Jagged debris
Work To Reverse The Effects Of Flooding
After you’ve taken the proper safety measures, you’ll want to work to undo the effects of the flooding. You should begin by removing the water from your basement. A standard shop vac is only useful when dealing with an inch or so of water. If you have anything more than that, you’ll need to rent a high-capacity water pump.
Next, you will need to begin circulating air through the basement. Moving air in and out of your basement is one of the best ways to dry your walls and flooring to reduce the risk of further water damage. Open the windows to your basement and run fans to create continuous air flow.
Allow Professionals To Restore Your Basement
If there was recently flooding in your basement, you should consider contacting the professional restoration experts at Disaster Response No matter if a pipe burst in the basement or your drainage system failed during a torrential downpour, Disaster Response is here to help the people of Grand Rapids. For years, we have helped the residents of Grand Rapids MI get their life back after their basement has flooded.
Contacting us is the safe approach to help restore your basement to the way it was before the water damage occurred. Call us today for an on-site consultation, where our trained technicians will walk you through the steps necessary to remove water from the basement and restore it to its original condition.