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What to do When my Basement Floods
Jul 15, 2016
We’ve seen a tremendous amount of rain this year in Maryland and the surrounding areas, with all that rain can come flooding. No one ever expects to come home to a flooded house or basement, flooded basements happen when you least expect them. Here are several things to do when you come home to a flood to keep yourself and your house safe.
What Causes a Home to Flood?
There are many reason a home or basement may flood, it could be a result of a burst pipe, a sudden downpour, broken gutters, or a damaged foundation. In most cases water will find a way to enter the home through a weak spot, like a crack in your foundation or a worn seal on a basement window. The older your home is the more susceptible it may be to a flood. Frozen pipes or burst pipes are also a common reason basements flood, water heaters and washing machines usually reside in the basement and are connected to pipes that are susceptible to damage. No matter what the cause of the home flood keep in mind that you can prevent some flooding by performing routine home maintenance in those troublesome areas.
What do I do if I come home to a flood?
- Move all electrical outlets or plugs to higher levels in the basement or flood area
- Keep valuables out of your basement or on shelving higher than 3 feet
- The ground next to your foundation should slope away from the home
- Point gutters and downspouts at least 5 feet away from the house’s exterior
- Plant plants 12 inches or more away from the foundation
- Seal all windows and vents and check them each year
- Unclog gutters and downspouts on a monthly basis
- Waterproof the walls inside your basement with a roll-on concrete waterproofing product
- Consider installing a sump-pump to pump out unwanted standing water
- Call a professional to fix the issue causing the flood
How do I remove the flood water from my home?
A flooded home or basement is cause for major concern, water damage can lead to health problems in your home and can be devastating to your furniture and flooring. Kent Clean is always prepared for this situation and has experience and the ability to save you from your disaster. We will arrive within 2-3 hours of your call and 24/7, we understand that a flood in your home is an emergency, and can happen any time. Our services include:
- Water Extraction
Contact us right now at 410-552-6501 if you need emergency water extraction in Maryland.
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