How to Clean up After a Basement Flood

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A basement flood always happens when you least expect it. Even if you are a pro at home maintenance, factors like heavy rain and construction runoff can cause a basement to flood at seemingly any time. It’s natural to be nervous, but rest assured that if you follow these steps and work quickly, you will recover your basement safely.

Safety Is the Most Important Factor

Above all else, your health and safety should be your first priority. Never enter a flooded basement without first disconnecting the electricity. If your circuit breaker is in the basement, we recommend that you contact a licensed electrical services company. After it is safe to enter the basement, we also recommend scheduling a basement inspection for your Philadelphia area home.

Mold Will Grow Quickly, so There Is a Small Window for Action

A lot of families put valuables, such as photo albums or documents, in the basement. It only takes about 48 hours for mold and mildew to start doing irreversible damage. Drain the water using a wet-dry vacuum if you only have minor flooding. For preventative maintenance measures, we recommend contacting a waterproofing contractor that serves Chester County such as us!

Leave It to the Professionals

In most cases, you can do a lot of the cleaning on your own to save money. However, if your basement is completely flooded, it may not be safe to enter, even after the electricity has been cut. If you have too much water in your basement, call a professional plumbing or disaster mitigation service to safely restore your home.

Basement floods can be scary, but they do not have to be with the proper planning and preparation. Waterproofing your basement is one way to mitigate the dangerous effects that flooding and water can have on your home. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of basement waterproofing, contact us now!

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