Rain, rain, go away... far far away. In the wake of Hurricane Mathews, several towns across Central Newfoundland have declared States of Emergencies after hundreds of millimeters of rain was surprisingly dumped just yesterday & overnight.
This is scary reminder that we now have twenty times the storms and floods that we had just two decades ago. More than ever, basement flooding is a big concern and can suddenly happen any time. With that said,
Mother Nature isn't the only culprit of basement floods. Sewage Back-ups, overland water, and even burst pipes can all cause thousands of dollars in damage.
Whether it's caused by Mother Nature or a burst pipe, knowing what to do after a basement flood can help prevent a situation going from bad to horrible. If it should happen to you, here are some quick tips to do right a way.
What To Do Right Away
1 ) Don't Go Into a Flooded Basement
The first step is more like a don't... Don't ever step into a flooded basement! With electrical wiring below the water level, the risk of getting electrocuted or shocked is very likely. If possible, turn off the power, or call NL Power to turn off the power before you venture downstairs.
2 ) Identify The Flow
Once the power is turned off, see if you can quickly identify the source of water coming in. If the source was something mechanical like a burst pipe, or drains backing up, most of the time, the problem can be solved by turning off the main water valve.
However, if groundwater is the culprit, sadly you can't turn off Mother Nature. But there are coverages in place that can protect you such our new Overland Water Protection
3 ) Call Your Insurance Provider
Whether the source is Mother Nature or mechanical related, it's time to start planning the cleanup & repair process. Your first call should always be to your insurance provider to let them know of the situation. We'll help walk you through the process.
Nevertheless, take photos and videos of the damage using your smartphone. This will come in handy and will make your settling your claim easier.
4 ) The Basements Needs To Be Completely Dry
Whether your basement has a small puddle or over a foot of water, all it takes is 24 hours for mold to grow. So to avoid further damages your basement needs to be completely dried ASAP.
Utilize a sump pump, a Wet-Dry Vacuum, and Dehumidifiers to suck up as much water as possible. It could take several weeks before your basement is completely dry. The quicker you are, the less damages you're likely to face.
Prevention is Key
As we've seen, Mother Nature isn't shy showing Newfoundland her sudden mood swings, and her wrath can be unpredictable. With possibly more heavy rain to come this weekend with Tropical Storm Nicole, the best protection for your home is to be prepared. Prevention is key, and there many steps to protect yourself from this risk.
Take a moment now to take this quick assessment, and see if any aspects of your home are putting you at risk for flood damage. Water damage is the largest source of claims for homeowners and our new coverage