Home emergencies are never fun, but the fact is that they happen. Basement flooding is a common problem for Michigan homes because of excess water in the soil. Even if you have taken every precaution possible, you should prepare yourself and your family for the worst case scenario. Here are some tips to help you create an emergency basement flooding plan.
Find A Trusted Water Damage Repair Company To Call
Think of this phone number as a 9-1-1 when basement flooding occurs. You need to get the water out of your basement as quickly as possible to prevent the development of mold and other issues. Tom’s Basement Waterproofing has helped countless homeowners and business owners in Southeast Michigan repair and restore their homes after basement flooding. If you live in another state, look for a licensed, experienced water damage repair company accredited by the Better Business Bureau. This will ensure that you get the best care possible, just like you would from us.
Store Items In Containers And Off The Floor
If your basement doubles as a storage area, protect your belongings in the event of a flood. Use plastic containers with lids instead of cardboard boxes, and put as many items as you can above the ground (perhaps on a shelf or a wood pallet). Most basement flooding only results in a couple inches of water, so these items will still be protected. You still need to remove the items or put them up out of the water in a flood, but at least you won’t have to replace photos, clothing, etc.
Scan For Potential Sources Of Flooding
If basement flooding occurs, you need to know what’s causing the water to come in. Is it a buckled wall that leaked water from nearby soil? Is it a busted pipe or a bad connection to your washing machine? Scan the area for what may be causing the flooding and then stop the flow, if possible. For instance, if a pipe busts, you could shut off the water coming into your home until the plumbing gets repaired.
Take Preventative Measures Ahead Of Time
Of course, no emergency plan would be complete without some cautious, preventative steps. Invest in interior and exterior basement waterproofing, and you will drastically reduce your risk of basement flooding. If you notice cracks or dripping water in your basement, get an inspection as early as possible. Complete the necessary repairs, and you can avoid having a flood on your hands. For more information about basement waterproofing and other precautions you can take, contact Tom’s Basement Waterproofing at (586) 776-7270.