Spring is in full swing which means flooding concerns are everywhere. All of the rain in Utah this month has increased the likelihood of flooding for several homeowners. Whether it is a small flood or a large one, calling home remediation experts to manage the water situation is the best thing you can do for your home. Here are some things you can do if your basement floods.
Focus on Safety
The first step to take is to focus on your safety and your family. You need to make sure the power to the basement if shut off to prevent electrical shock. If you notice only a small amount of water and you are positive you can go into the basement, shut off the main breaker switches. In a home where there is extensive flooding, call our office right away. Immediate cleanup is needed for serious flooding concerns. Any time you have water over the electrical outlets, you are dealing with a serious situation that needs expert help.
Identify the Water Source
When it comes to water in the home, one of the main things you need to do is locate where the water is coming from. Do you have water coming in from the outside or do you have water leaking from a pipe? If possible, try to shut off the water source. When you are dealing with different types of water that contains contaminates, do not go into the water without protective clothing. At Rockwell Disaster Utah, we have the right tools, equipment, and safety gear to successfully go into your home, locate the water, turn it off, and begin the remediation process.
Call Your Insurance Provider
Once you have called our professional team to the site, we can assist with your insurance company information to ensure they will pay their fair share in the part of the disaster cleanup process. It is important to have proper documentation of everything that occurs. If you have pictures, receipts, and other documentation, it will be easier for our office to negotiate with the insurance company in filing the correct claims.
How to Help
While you are waiting on the experts to arrive at the scene, you might wonder what you can do on your own to start cleaning up your home. Some simple things you can start doing include:
- Open windows and doors to provide as much ventilation inside the home.
- Salvage your belongings if possible. Keeping items dry will reduce rot, mildew, and damage to your belongings. We recommend storing personal belongings in your basement in plastic storage bins. These bins tend to work great during floods as they help to keep the belongings inside dry.
- Pull rugs from the basement along with any carpeting that could absorb water. If you have a wet/dry vacuum, start using it to extract some of the standing water in your basement.
New Homebuyers– What to Consider
Before purchasing a home, always have an inspection completed to show any areas of concern. You need to consider the basement and if it is waterproofed. If it is not, consider asking for waterproofing to be done before buying the home. Some sellers will discount the property price since it is expensive to waterproof a basement on an existing home. Always consider what you want to do with the basement of a home before you start placing furnishings there. Renovation is a wise idea for older homes that may need new pipes and waterproofing agents used on the interior walls.
For more information about water damage in Utah, call Rockwell Disaster Cleanup today! Our expert team can be ready to go within a few minutes based on the nature of your emergency.