Basement Flooding? Oh no. What to do?
First shut off the electricity and gas.
• Determine the source of the water. If a burst pipe is the cause of the flood, shut off water to the basement. If it is caused by the rain then wait until the storm passes.
• If your basement has a floor drain, check to make sure it didn’t become clogged during the flood. Keeping it open and functioning will help drain the water.
• Start removing water from the basement. Depending on the amount of water, you can use a sump pump, a pool pump, a wet/dry vacuum or a mop and bucket. Sump pumps are located in the lowest part of a basement and work by sending water away from the home after a flooding.
• A good rule of thumb is to give items about 48 hours to thoroughly dry. If they remain wet, they may need to be thrown away to avoid mold and mildew.
If you need help with burst pipes or sump pumps or other plumbing needs, just give your friendly neighborhood All Pro plumber a call at (503) 579-5555.