Do not panic! This happens to many homeowners, and taking smart action can keep you safe and protect your home from further damage.
>Cut off the power. If you cannot cut off power or are unsure how to do it you should call a professional electrician to help you. Never enter a flooded area with the electric on.
> Take action as soon as you notice water coming in, and try to identify the source.
>Wear boots and gloves for protection, you never know if the water is contaminated.
>Determine the source of the water. If a burst pipe is the cause of the flood, shut off water to the basement.
>If your basement has a floor drain, check to make sure it didn’t become clogged during the flood. Keeping it open and functioning will help drain the water.
>Start removing water from the basement. Depending on the amount of water, you can use a sump pump, a pool pump, a wet/dry vacuum or a mop and bucket. Large push brooms are handy for redirecting water.
> Remove any water damaged materials to avoid mold and mildew
>Once the area is clear and ready to dry you can start running fans to help speed up the drying process
>Consult your homeowners insurance and ask for professional help if the damage is severe.
> Take steps to waterproof your basement to avoid future floods.
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