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- August 3, 2016
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Basement Flooding Dauphin County Pa
Basement flooding can occur when you least expect it. Whether the cause is heavy rainfall or a burst pipe, your top priority should be getting the water under control quickly to minimize damage to your property and personal items. If the water has ruined your furnace or oil tank, reporting the damage to your insurance company in a timely manner is important. In many instances, insurance companies will want to see a receipt from a professional water removal company before they replace your equipment, so be sure to schedule an appointment with a reputable agency in your area, such as ServiceMaster. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to minimize further damage to your property until the team you’ve hired arrives.
After the important phone calls have been made, the first thing you should do is try to remove some of the water yourself while you wait on the experts. If the flooding is minor, you can use a mop and bucket or a wet-vac to remove water from the floor. Only use a wet-vac if you can plug it in in an area that has not been impacted by the flooding.
After the excess water has been cleaned up to the best of your ability, and you are sure there’s no more water coming into the area, you can try to dry the room by opening windows and using fans. Always exercise caution when using electrical equipment for water removal; if there is standing water left in the room you are working in, you will risk electrocution by running appliances there. In a situation like that, it is best to let the professionals handle the drying process.
After your basement has dried out and any areas that have sustained water damage have been restored, you should take steps to prevent or, at the very least, control future flooding. Installing a sump pump can go a long way in the management of future flooding in your basement. Additionally, it is a good idea to inspect your property for areas that may allow water to seep in and fix them. Some of these areas include cracks in your foundation, faulty gutters and downspouts, and broken window-well coverings.
Basement flooding can be cause for alarm for homeowners but by acting quickly and taking a few preventative measures to minimize future flooding, you can keep your basement free from permanent water damage.
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