What To Do When Your Basement Floods
The Michigan Rain Has Come Down Hard This Year
This year Michigan has seen storm after storm, streets and houses left and right have been flooding. Anyone in the neighborhood have flooding recently? It could be likely your home is next. Unless your basement is waterproofed it's likely you or someone you know has experienced a flood in their house.
What Should You Do When Water Has Entered Your Home?
Always stay safe- Never walk in standing water. Electrical lines can cause electrocution, no item is ever worth the risk of your health. If you must go in your basement go as far as you can with rubber boots before the water.
Find the source- Unless the water is coming from a storm like the ones we've had these last 6 months, try to find where the water is coming from. Did a sink or bathtub overflow while no one was home? If you think a pipe may have burst call professional help immediately.
Call an emergency water mitigation company, like us- At DRYmedic we are IIRC certified and have more than 30 years of experience in water mitigation. We have the tools to pump out water, dry out the area, take care of your belongings and clean, recover, and store any of your goods that may have been near the damage. We also can help walk you through the process and give you guidance on how to work with your insurance company.
Call your insurance company- Once you've established safety and are ready to start the process of removing water, call your insurance company and tell them the damage that has occurred. Taking pictures can help you document the damage and is always a good idea.
(P.S) If you are looking at buying a new home always make sure to take a look at the sump pump if there is one and ask if the home has any history of water damage!
Prevent, Prevent, Prevent!
There are a few different ways to set yourself up for success when it comes to water entering your home.
- Check your pipes
- Check the health of your sump pump to make sure it is clear of debris
- Keep gutters free of debris
- Take note of small leaks or cracks and look for the source of even the smallest amount of water
- Professionally waterproof your basement
Our partners at Michigan Basements offer several different types of waterproofing systems and can help you prevent your basement from flooding