Waking up in the middle of the night to a flooding basement is one of every homeowner’s biggest fears. If this happens to you, contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing for emergency service — no matter what time it is, a technician will be dispatched to your house right away. In the meantime, take the following steps to stay safe and minimize the damage to your property:
- Be aware of the risks: The biggest danger in a flooded basement is the risk of electric shock. Before entering the flooded area, make sure no potential shock hazards are present. If it’s possible to do so safely, shut off your home’s power. Another concern is the presence of sewage or pathogens in standing water. Put on protective clothing before exposing yourself. You can also add a small amount of chlorine bleach to standing water to kill bacteria.
- Shut off water/check your sump pump: If it’s safe to proceed and you can reach it easily, turn off your main water valve. If flooding is due to a sump pump malfunction, visually inspect the sump to ensure there are no clogs or other issues preventing it from working.
- Take pictures: Filing a claim with your insurance company will be easier if you have as much documentation as possible. Take pictures of all the damaged areas as well as any furniture, electronics, or other things that have been affected.
- Ensure proper ventilation: Open as many windows as possible to provide fresh air to the flooded area — this will help prevent mold from growing and speed up drying. You can then carefully remove any items from the flooded area.
If you feel at all unsafe, wait for a Mr. Rooter Plumbing representative to arrive before doing anything. Our technicians will assess the flooding and determine the best steps to safely contain the damage and begin the remediation process.
Basement Drainage Maintenance
The best way to avoid a flooded basement is to ensure your drainage system is working its best at all times. While most homes don’t require much in the way of regular maintenance, periodic inspections will give you peace of mind knowing everything will work the way it should in the event of an emergency.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing can provide basement drainage inspections as part of your whole home service package. Contact us today for more information, or to book an appointment at your convenience.
Basement Drainage Repairs
Whether it’s replacing a main drain line or installing a new sump pump, Mr. Rooter Plumbing can provide cost-effective, professional service to customers throughout the greater Syracuse area. Inside and outside of your home, we can ensure you have an effective drainage system that keeps stormwater and sewage from accumulating in your basement.
No matter what your home needs, you’ll see the Mr. Rooter Plumbing difference in everything we do. Our technicians arrive when promised and take steps to keep your home clean, including wearing protective boots and using drop cloths. We’ll take the time to go over the work necessary and explain all charges involved. Our technicians never charge overtime, so there’s no incentive to draw out an otherwise simple repair — and no surprises when you receive your bill.
For quality basement drainage service at a price that’s right, contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing today!
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