When a house is constructed with a basement, the design is meant to stay dry. What usually happens is the basement flood leaks, and becomes damp and the air smell musty. Having a leak or damp basement can result in extensive repairs that can be costly if the condition is left alone for a long time.
Since basements are built fully below ground, they’re prone to flooding. A basement flood can happen during the spring thaw, but can also happen at any specific point in the year. Being aware of the most common causes of basement flood can help you be more prepared.
Not everyone knows what to do when a flood occurs in their houses or offices. If you have experienced a flood in your industrial or commercial building because of a natural disaster or rainstorm than you should immediately evacuate the building.
This is the most important tip, as flooding can lead to the following situations:
- Structural collapse
- Electrical shock
- Injuries due to falling and tripping
- Fire hazards
- Broken and loose pipes
- Bacteria growth and toxic mold
People should check on their basements once or more a day. There are warning signs that water could be seeping, such as musty smell and dampness. The weakest structural point is at the windows so 95% of the greatest damage is there. You will usually see cracks in the foundation around the windows
Prevent expensively damages.
Being flood ready can save you money and time. There is plenty of advice that can be done to reduce potentially expensive damage.
- Install barriers or flood shields for basement doors and windows
- If you have valuables or appliances in the basement, make sure they are raised to save them
- Make sure you have a sealant around the base of ground-level doors and lower windows
- Secure furnaces and water heaters so they don’t tip over in a flood
- Make sure basement flood drains aren’t covered or blocked
When the basement flood happens, you will not be able to do much without professional help. If you have some experience with floods the first thing you will do is shut off water entry and direct the water runoff preventing further damage and flooding. Than your fire department or restoration company can help you remove access to water by pumping it out.
Try to save any furniture or items that are still salvageable after the water has been removed. This could be better done with professional help, as moving stuff around on your own can cause injury to yourself or structural damage. Items that can be salvaged should be placed in areas that cannot be contaminated with toxins and bacteria from the flood.
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