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3 Steps for Basement Flood Repair

1/3/2021 (Permalink)

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3 Steps for Basement Flood Repair

Is your home in Emporia, KS, prone to flooding? A basement flood is one of a homeowner's worst nightmares; it can seem like an impossible task to clean up, and many worry about saving as many belongings as possible. However, it is a doable task if you are informed about the right steps.

1. Shut Off the Power
Entering flooded areas is dangerous, especially with the power still flowing. If your circuit breaker isn't located in your basement or any flooded area, go ahead and shut off the power. This way, it will be a little safer to wade into the water and retrieve what you can. Still exercise caution as waterlogged walls and ceilings are usually prone to collapse, and there are still many other dangers of a flooded area.

2. Drain the Water
If you own a shop vac or similar vacuum that is capable of sucking water, consider vacuuming the majority of the water out of the basement. If you still have an active source of flooding, this is a great time to deal with it. Issues like pipe repair are still best left to a professional since it can be dangerous to wade into flooded water.

3. Call a Professional
Once you've done what you can by making the area safer, removing water, and stopping the source of the leak, it's time to call a professional water damage cleanup service. Here's where the magic happens. The experts employ several tools to make your basement look new again. They use specially designed machines to dry furniture, walls, and ceilings. While some parts of your home or some items may not be salvageable, most are saved with this advanced equipment. Most pros also have tools to detect hidden moisture pockets, thus, your home can avoid needing mold tests or cleanup performed in the future.
With the right steps and a well-equipped professional, the flooding is "Like it never even happened."

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