In Maryland’s rainy seasons, an overabundance of water can accumulate on the lawns. If someone has a basement, there is the unfortunate chance that that underground space could get flooded. Basement flooding is an all-too-common occurrence, but taking precautions before the storm can keep your home safe and sound. If you do experience basement flooding, however, you’ll need to take several steps.
What to Do After Basement Flooding
If your basement has flooded, take care to keep out of it until an electrician ensures it is safe to do so. Floodwater can contain hazardous materials, particularly if it is your sewage line that has failed. Moreover, if the water comes into contact with any electrical equipment, you face the risk of electrocution. The situation needs even more caution if your circuit box resides in the basement. Therefore, keep your family from entering the basement and call North Arundel Contracting to assist in your emergency.
After the coast is clear, it’s time to clear out the water. If the flooding is more than surface level, North Arundel Contracting is qualified to help you safely remove it. They can also help you remove all items from the basement and have them dried and restored. You will also need to wash down the walls and flooring and use fans to accelerate the drying process. Prompt cleaning and drying will prevent mold growth, which can be a significant health hazard.
How to Prevent Basement Flooding
Basement flooding can happen for several reasons. There could be a crack in the foundation, your sump pump may have failed, or your property may have poor drainage. Whatever the issue is, fixing it as soon as possible is the next step in preventing future flooding.
Your sump pump should last you around ten years; make sure it is in good working order and drains out into a dry well, French drain, local stream, or other runoff point. Remember, if your house has a power outage, your sump pump may not be able to work, in which case you’ll need a generator.
If water keeps collecting around your home’s foundation, check to see that the ground is graded away from the house. Protecting your basement windows with a clear plastic cover, cleaning the gutters regularly, and draining the rainwater at least three feet away from the house can also keep rain and debris from collecting near the basement.
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