A basement can be a great asset for any home. But what do you do if your basement floods?
Your basement may lack natural light and might not serve as a great living space that can be converted into a bedroom. But it can do a little more than simply house your fuse box. You could use it for storage, you could create a small annex for guests to temporarily stay in, a media room where films can be projected onto the wall, or a games room for evenings in entertaining. Whatever you use your basement for, it’s extremely important that you remember what kind of threats face it. One of the common problems that people experience with their basement is flooding.
So here are a couple of different ways that you can prevent flooding in the first place and deal with flooding effectively should it occur!
Besides proving to be a general inconvenience, flooding in your basement can cause profound structural problems within your property. It can cause problems with your foundation and damage in any wooden beams supporting your house. Other issues that can come hand in hand with flooding include the development of mold, sagging floors, and cracks all around. So, prevent problems from developing by waterproofing your basement. Waterproofing your basement is by no means a small task. But it’s something that you will need to do for the longevity of your home and to prevent more major damage being created as time goes on.
If your basement does flood, you need to make sure that you turn all power off immediately. This can include both electricity and gas. If power is still on, you shouldn’t even enter the flooded area. Water is a conductor and you could end up electrocuting yourself. If you are unsure of how to shut power off, contact a professional electrician who will be able to help you, and avoid the area or using any electrics in your home until they arrive.
Determine the Source of Water
Once power is shut off, you need to determine the source of the water. If water has entered your basement from a storm or a flood, you need to wait for the things to settle down before taking action, otherwise you’ll be fighting a losing battle.
Start Draining Water
When you can take action, it’s time to start draining water. Locate the floor drain and ensure that it hasn’t become clogged. You could then use a sump pump or pool pump. Again, call in professional help if you feel that you are incapable of doing this yourself. After you get it drained make sure to air the area out. Open any windows and set up some fans to make sure your basement gets completely dry.
While a basement flood can be extremely difficult to deal with, hopefully, the above information will help you to clear things up and get everything back on track as easily as possible.