5 Tips to Reduce the Scope of Damage in a Flooded Basement

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A flooded basement will always be an issue in home water damage because of one essential fact: Water always seeks the lowest level. In most homes, that’s the basement. Whether it’s an inundation of outdoor flood waters or an indoor plumbing emergency, at least some if not most of that water will wind up in the basement. 

Because basement flooding is almost unavoidable under certain circumstances, the best recourse is to be prepared to limit losses. Consider these five steps to minimize damage from a flooded basement:

  • Cardboard is not an adequate storage container, particularly for important documents or items. Cardboard boxes instantly absorb water, become sodden and disintegrate when moved. Wet cardboard also provides a growth media for mold. Use air-tight plastic storage boxes instead.
  • Store items vulnerable to water damage on shelves, not on the floor. Estimate the worst-case flood water depth and place everything that could be damaged above that level.
  • Act promptly to deal with a flooded basement. Mold growth begins in a matter of hours and wet printed material deteriorates beyond recovery. Contact a water damage restoration professional ASAP. When widespread flooding strikes, restoration companies must work on a first come/first served basis.
  • As soon as the basement is pumped out, be prepared with fans and a dehumidifier to dry out the space and mitigate secondary damage from high residual humidity. Don’t count on purchasing these items after a major flood—adequate supplies may not be available.
  • Most water damage experts agree: If you have irreplaceable items like family heirlooms and photographs, don’t store them in the basement, period. Choose a higher, dryer location on an upper floor.

For more steps to deal successfully with a flooded basement, contact Rytech, the water damage pros.

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