October 10, 2022
Whether it’s due to Mother Nature or a busted water pipe, flooded basements are a common and costly problem in the United States. You are probably wondering how to deal with a flooded basement.
Statistics show 98% of basements in America experience some sort of water damage. Nationwide, household water damage costs up to $20 billion annually. Home water emergencies affect 14,000 people daily.
Here’s how to deal with a flooded basement and help keep the water away.
Common causes of basement flooding include heavy rain, melting snow, a faulty sump pump, and poorly installed drainage systems. Even a burst water pipe can wreak havoc. So, how can you flood-proof your basement? Here are some ways.
Even with preventative measures, water can still get into the basement and cause damage. Here’s what to do if the flood water wins out.
Make sure the electricity is turned off. If you can’t reach the breaker box without stepping in the water, call your electric utility to shut it off for you.
Once it is safe to do so, remove the water with a pump, wet/dry vacuum or a mop and bucket. Make sure there is no standing water left. Next, move damaged items out of the basement, and dry the area completely, using fans and dehumidifiers. Open windows and doors as well to air-out the basement. If the water isn’t removed quickly, mold can grow and water may damage the floor, the foundation of your home, or your property. Consider having a professional come in to ensure the job is done properly.
Once the basement is all dry, it’s time to clean up the damage. Remove the wet carpets and furniture; replace drywall, and repair any electrical damage. Again, professional help may be your best option.
According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), just one inch of water can cause up to $25,000 in damage. Most homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flood damage. Flood insurance must be purchased separately.
The cost of fixing a flooded basement varies depending on the depth of the water and the type of water that got in. That is, clean water, storm water, or sewage. Pumping out water and drying a slightly flooded basement can cost between $500 and $1,000. The cost can jump up to $10,000 if flooring, walls, ceilings and furnishings need to be repaired.
When it comes to flooding and water damage, Flood Department is here to help. We provide water damage repair and clean-up services for homeowners and businesses in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. We are dedicated to helping reverse the damage done by water, mold, sewage, smoke and more. Contact us at 301-829-2600 or visit us online.