Flooded Basement

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Experiencing a flooded basement is unfortunately an occurrence property owners will usually face at least once within the lifetime of their property ownership. It can do quite a bit of harm to your furniture , floors , appliances, and anything in the water’s direction . Recovering from a flood can be expensive. Most basement flooding can however be prevented y taking the proper safeguards . Below are some tips to make sure you’re protected and that will keep the possibilities that this will happen at a minimum. p>

Invest in a Sump Pump A sump pump is a pump set up in your basement floor that will pump water out into your yard when water appears. A sump pump is very reliable in preventing a flooded basement and not much is needed to make certain it is up to par. You will however want to check your sump pump battery to make sure it is charged and in good working order. Check that your sump pump is working correctly y pouring water into it.  It should start up automatically . Additionally you should check that the water is being pump outside the house . Make sure the electrical cord is plugged in firmly and unencumbered. asement Waterproofing Another essential thing to look into too avoid a flooded basement is basement waterproofing. You’ll first want to fix any chips or pockets in the walls to keep water from getting in. Removing paint and wallpaper will be necessary efore you can apply waterproofing products. Completely cover your walls and floors with your waterproofing product. Seek professional assistance if you have questions about how this is done. If your gutters are not clear of debris it can cause a flooded basement. If your gutters are clogged , the rainwater will not be sent through the gutters and into the downspout and it can sink into your basement. You also need to check out the grading to make sure it slopes away from your house. Gutters and downspouts should be evaluated to make sure they are correctly installed. Backfill any low places in the soil next to your foundation to prevent water from working its way into the basement. p>

Hurricane Sandy

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1-800-FLOODED® Is Currently Doing Water Damage Jobs

In New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Other Areas Due To

Hurricane Sandy

 

 

 

If you have water damage from Hurricane Sandy or any other flood damage you can count on 1-800-Flooded® to take care of your water damage in a professional manner.

 

If you are a water damage expert with equipment call us to discuss joining our team.

Flood Safety

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When flooding occurs there are many dangers you need to consider.

Here we are going to discuss just a few of these.

 

This is not a complete list of dangers during a flood.

 

 

Some risks are pretty obvious like drowning or getting swept away by deep or moving water, but some may not be so obvious.

We are going to try to help you understand these damages and what to do to protect yourself.

 

Electrical Hazards

Whether the flood is in your home a flooded street, the danger from electrical shock is very serious.

There can be electrical appliances or wires in the water that you cannot see.

Electricity can travel great distances in water.

If you home or basement is flooded and there may be appliances submerged in the water do not go anywhere near the water.

If you can get to the breaker box without getting in the water, shut the electricity off to be safe and prevent the possibility of fire.

 

Contamination Hazards

Water picks up anything it comes in contact with.

If there are chemicals in your home and they get flooded they can be dispersed in the water.

If the flood came from outside it picks up all kinds of stuff from outside like gas and oil from cars.

If your water came from a sewage backup then it will be contaminated with human waste.

 

Disease Hazards

The risk of disease from water is much higher than you may think.

Dirty water is one of the main ways disease is spread.

There are so many things you can get from contaminated water; Hepatitis, Polio, Sars, Dysentery, E coli, and the list just goes on and on.

 

Mold Hazards

If water damage is not treated properly it can cause mold to grow in your home.

Mold can cause many health problems.

What To Do

The safest way to deal with a flood is to have professionals take care of the problem.

If there is a severe danger like appliances sparking or the smell of gas fumes, get help right away, by calling 911.

 

If there is no imminent danger call 1-800-FLOODED at 1-800-356-6333

Broken Pipes

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Broken pipes in your home can cause major flooding problems.

A broken or leaking pipe can cause water damage and mold.

Often the problem is not in an area that is easily spotted and can go unnoticed for a long time.

You should pay attention to those hidden areas like under your sink and your basement or crawlspace.

 

 

Contaminated Water

The source of water is often a broken sewer pipe, or the water may come in contact with toxic chemicals inside your home.

There are many types of bacteria in water that is standing in your home.

Professionals can handle the water damage properly and know how to prevent the spread of disease or contact with toxic chemicals, germs and bacteria.

 

 

 

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