There are many reasons that you could discover your home’s basement is underwater. These upsetting and costly events can result from a burst water line, excessive rainfall, or even a backed-up sewer line. And that those are just some of the more common reasons for a basement flood. Less common but still very possible is a damaged water heater or boiler, a broken toilet, or an issue with the gutters and downspouts on your home. But the one thing that they all have in common is that the water flooding your basement represents some genuine danger to you and your home. And it is essential that you remain calm and act carefully and safely when addressing this emergency.
The most life-threatening hazard you will face with a flooded basement is the electricity in the space. Water and electricity are always a deadly combination and one that deserves your complete respect. If your electrical panel is in the basement, it is essential that you have safe access to it. Never wade through deep water that could be in contact with electricity. If you cannot reach the electrical panel to shut off your home’s power, call in a professional to shut off the power before it enters your home.
Before you go into the basement, it is vital that you consider the possibility that the water could be contaminated. Avoid contact with the water until you are sure of the source. Wear waterproof boots, gloves, and a mask in case there is human waste or raw sewage in the water. Even breathing the air over this type of contaminated water can lead to health complications. Carefully turn off all the power at the breaker panel before investigating the cause of the flood.
Determine The Cause Of The Flood
In most cases, you will know very quickly if the water is clean or from an outside source or sewer. If there is no odor, the water is likely from a burst water line or damaged appliance in your home. If the water is not clear or relatively clean, it could be water leaking into your home from your gutters or the ground if you are experiencing a storm. The last option is that the water is actually a sewage backup. This is almost always very obvious from the foul odor.
Removing The Water
If the water is from a damaged water line or appliance, moving the water to your sump pump pit or floor drain is the best way to evacuate it. Water from a leak in your home’s walls or foundation can also be moved to the sump pit or floor drain. However, if the flood is sewage, your floor drain will not be an option. The blockage in your sewer line needs to be cleared before the floor drain can be used. It is essential that you call in an emergency plumber for clog removal to clear your sewer line and allow you to begin cleaning up the sewage and contamination.
Cleaning And Drying
Any water can promote the growth of mold in 24 hours or less. In the case of contaminated water, it is essential to disinfect the area after the sewage, and dirty water is removed. Then use fans and dehumidifiers to dry the space as quickly as possible.
For emergency service, when you discover a flood in your basement, call (956) 450-7774. The Victoria Plumbing Project team of experts is available 24/7 to assist you with any repair or clog removal that you need so that you can begin the cleanup process in your basement.