Taking First Steps When Your Basement Floods
- If your basement floods, make sure to shut off any power around the flooded area, including electricity and gas. Never enter a flooded area while the power is on. If you need help shutting off the power, call a qualified electrician before entering the room and beginning the cleanup work.
- It is best to wear boots and gloves for protection when you enter the basement. You may also want to wear a protective mask. In extreme cases, you may want to wear hip or chest waders. And be careful when walking around the flooded area since the water may hide items that you can’t see in dim light.
- Take action as soon as you notice flooding unless the cause is rain. In that case, wait for the rain to stop before beginning the cleanup work. If a pipe bursts, shut the water off to the basement right away.
- If your basement has a floor drain, check it out to make sure it didn’t become clogged during the flood. If it did, call a plumber right away. After the plumber unclogs the drain, call SERVPRO of Ozaukee County to dry and sanitize your basement. 262-242-8888. We are a phone call away and eager to help in any situation.