Every year, thousands of homes experience basement flooding in Etobicoke. Responsible homeowners should know what to do if their basement is flooding. If you remember these 5 steps, you can prevent injury, limit the damage, and restore your basement in no time.
The first step to properly dealing with basement flooding in Etobicoke is to look out for the health and wellness of your family. Keep children and pets away from the flooding area. Consider keeping a safe distance for yourself as well—floodwater can cause gas leaks, electric shock, and structural damage. If you suspect there is a gas leak or electric current in the water, or that the structure of your home has been compromised, vacate the home immediately.
If those reasons aren’t enough for you to stay away from the flooded area, remember that floodwater also is a perfect conduit to carry chemicals, such as petroleum and pollutants like wastewater, into your home. This is especially true if you live in a heavily trafficked part of Etobicoke or your basement flooding is due to sewage back up.
The second consideration while your basement is flooding is what you can, and can’t, do safely. If you can safely shut off the electricity, main water-valve, and natural gas to your home, do this immediately after looking after your family. The odds are though, that this cannot be safely done. If you are unsure, then under no circumstances attempt this: you will be risking death or injury. A safer step is to not run water elsewhere in the house and to call a professional like the trained experts at Rooter Group.
Finding a safe area to make several phone calls is the next step. Find the professional pages and call a plumbing company, like Rooter Group, as well as your local electric and gas companies. These professionals can safely turn off all utilities feeding to your home. Next, call your insurance company and local government to let them know what has happened.
If you followed the last three steps, the good news is that you and your family are safe, the damage has been limited to the greatest extent possible and professionals have tended to the situation. Once your insurance claim has processed, it’s time to discard anything that has been contaminated by floodwater, salvage anything that hasn’t, and dry and disinfect the entire basement. Using a professional service is the most reliable way to restore your basement.
Finally, the last step is to prevent future basement flooding in Etobicoke. Professionals often recommend changing your home drainage system and recommend the use of a sump pump. If the flooding was due to structural issues consider using insurance money to fix this as soon as possible. Just in case this doesn’t prevent the next flood, store items in watertight containers and use shelving that won’t be destroyed. No one likes to think their basement will flood again, but just to be safe, assume it will and take preventative measures to ensure your valuables won’t be destroyed again.