How to Handle a Flooded Basement

A flooded basement can be an all-too-common occurrence among Springfield, Illinois, area homeowners and those across the nation. Basement flooding can lead to water damage, property destruction, mold growth and other issues that are devastating for families. Avoid this scenario by taking precautions to prevent a flooded basement, and know exactly what to do if your basement begins to take on water.

What to Do When Your Basement Starts to Flood

As soon as you are made aware of water in your basement, take action to prevent flooding and water damage. Always wear protective gear when entering standing water below your home. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Turn off power to all basement areas at the electrical panel to prevent electrocution. Do not enter the water with the power on. Do not touch any electrical devices when in the water.
  • Disconnect gas supply to appliances in the basement.
  • Locate the source of the water, which will determine your next action. 
  • If a pipe burst is the cause, turn off water to the home at the main shutoff valve.
  • If a clogged flood drain is the cause, remove the clog and keep the drain free of clogs to allow the exit of excess water.
  • If a backed-up gutter is the cause, remove the clog and ensure the gutter properly drains
  • Start to remove water. Ensure the basement sump pump is activated and functioning properly. Pool pumps or wet/dry vacuums can also be used to aid in the removal of water. To get the last remaining areas of dampness, use sponges or towels.
  • Remove damaged belongings from the basement and allow them to dry out in an area with good ventilation for at least 2 days. Remove items from wet cardboard boxes and dispose of the boxes to avoid bacterial growth.
  • Use dehumidifiers to remove moisture and prevent mold growth. Clean spots you suspect of mold growth with bleach and warm water.

Prevent a Flooded Basement

Basement floods is one nightmare no Springfield area homeowner wants to face. Take precautions ahead of time to prevent basement flooding and protect your home against water damage. Vulnerabilities in your home’s plumbing system heighten your risk.

  • Assess your sump pump. Does it need to be replaced? Do you have a working backup sump pump? Do you have a battery backup sump pump? Discuss with your plumber the options available to provide your home with better protection against a flooded basement.
  • Ensure your water heater is inspected regularly. Replace it if you notice rusting at the bottom of the storage tank to prevent basement floods caused by water heater failure.
  • Check hoses on all appliances, including dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators and others that connect to your water supply or drain lines. If the hoses are visibly damaged or near the end of their expected useful life, replace them with components made of high-quality materials.
  • Consider leak detection technology and alarm systems available for use in your home. Options are available with integrated automatic shutoff to disconnect the water supply as soon as water leaks are detected. As a bonus, many home insurance companies also offer premium discounts to customers who install this technology at home.

Flooded Basement Help from MB Heating & Cooling

Make sure your home’s plumbing system is in good shape to prevent a flooded basement. If you notice water in your basement, call the licensed plumbers of MB Heating & Cooling as soon as possible for the inspection, repair and installation work required to prevent a basement flood in your home.

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