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Your basement is the first place that will flood in a water-related emergency. If you experience a flooded basement, take the time to review your insurance policy and keep receipts of any purchases or repairs. Take pictures of any damage, and get an estimate on any repair job from your plumber. Talk to your insurance agent before the repair work begins. Afterwards, make sure to have maintenance work done to protect against a reoccurrence. Insurers can drop a policy if a homeowner makes repeated claims with no proven effort at prevention.
Steps to Manage a Flooded Basement
Follow these steps to manage a flooding emergency:
Step One – Turn off the power and unplug any electrical appliances. You can limit the damage to electrical devices by unplugging them and getting them away from the water. If you smell gas, leave the house until a utilities representative can come out and turn off the gas and determine if the area is safe. If you suspect a sewage leak, wear protective gloves and other coverings to prevent any bacteria from getting on your skin. Don’t use anything in the house that has a drain, as this will contribute to a sewer-related flooding, such as running a dishwasher or flushing a toilet. Shut off the main water valve if you suspect a burst pipe.
Step Two – Call a plumber who can use specialized equipment to remove water before your basement experiences structural or other water-related damage. Plumbers are trained to detect water that you cannot see, such as in small cracks and crevices. They can use special sensors and moisture readers to be sure that all moisture has been removed.
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Step Three – You will want to remove moisture lingering in the air as well, or this could lead to mold and mildew which damages a home, can cause health problems and is extremely difficult to remove. You will need to remove furniture, linens, curtains, carpets and padding. You will probably have to replace carpeting damaged by water, although you may be able to dry it out and then put it back. The padding nearly always must be replaced. Professionals can bring dehumidifiers to remove air moisture.
Step Four – Restore the basement. Cleaning professionals can sanitize and treat the basement with an anti-fungicide to prevent mold growth. Wet drywall and baseboard should be cut out and replaced or you could experience dry rot.
Most importantly, when you detect any flooding or moisture in your basement, seek professional help right away. The longer you wait, the more damage could be done, and the more expensive the repair and cleanup will be.
Why Choose Goodman Plumbing
With Offices in Philadelphia & Feasterville Trevose
Goodman Plumbing is a second generation company that has over 6 decades of experience and outstanding growth. Recognized as one of the best plumbing companies in the Delaware Valley, Goodman Plumbing’s achievements are the result of our family values that are part of every project no matter how large or small. This is why it is extremely important to us that we treat our customers like family. So if you need sewer line repair, toilet repair, well service or even water damage restoration contact us today and schedule your next appointment! Serving Abington, Willow Grove, Horsham, Fort Washington, Feasterville Trevose, Langhorne, Yardley, Newtown, Richboro, Warrington, Doylestown, New Hope, Chalfont, Lansdale, King of Prussia, Wayne, Havertown, Springfield and surrounding!