No homeowner is surprised that basements run a risk of flooding. They are, after all, below ground at least partially. However, some homeowners are shocked to learn that basement flooding and water damage cleanup can be needed all year round, even during the dry season. Basement flooding is common, especially because many of the common causes of basement flooding are out of human control, but many causes can be prevented.
Most Common Causes for Water Damage Cleanup in the Basement
You probably know that basements can flood when storms or a power failure cause the sump pump to backup or stop working, but some of the other common reasons include
- Failure of the drainage tile
- Improper sealing of the floor and walls
- Improperly installed or damaged downspouts and gutters
- Clogged gutters
- How water tank failure
- Water supply line damage such as broken or clogged pipes
- Improperly sealed basement windows
- Leakage from water in rooms above the basement
- Appliance leaks or damage such as washer overflow, leaking refrigerator or sink, toilet overflow, etc.
- Hurricane, flood, or tropical storm
Steps to Water Damage Cleanup
If you’ve recently experienced basement flooding and need water damage cleanup, the first thing you need to do is turn off the power. Water and electricity do not mix, and electrocution can be deadly. Next, you’ll want to call a professional restoration crew to assist if the water damage is severe. Professionals are trained in mold mitigation and will ensure that the cleanup process is done correctly from start to finish.
Because water can damage your personal property so quickly, the next thing you will want to do, as long as you have personal protective equipment such as rubber boots, gloves, and goggles, is to start removing everything from the room. Take furniture and other belongings outside if you can where they can dry, or to a room where you can use fans to help dry the items. The cleanup crew will suction out the water, clean or remove the carpet depending on the damage, and perform mold mitigation to ensure that nothing grows after they are gone. The entire cleanup process can take between three and seven days in many cases.
If you need water damage cleanup in your basement, call ServiceMaster of Charleston at 843-882-2205.