Your “My Basement/First Floor Just Flooded!” Survival Guide

Maybe the noise comes in the middle of the night: you hear a whoosh loud enough that it wakes you. Or perhaps you actually hear a pipe burst – or at least the gush of water that emanates from it.

Or, as happened to one family we know, you’re sitting at your kitchen table when all of a sudden the cats rush headlong into the kitchen. You wonder what spooked them and as you walk into the living room, you feel it instantly – soggy wet carpet!

Welcome to the wonderful world of pipes leaking or even bursting under your home, resulting in a wet/flooded basement (if you have one) or your first floor (if you don’t have a basement).

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If this breaks under your home’s basement or foundation, watch out!

You’ll no doubt want to call a plumber as soon as possible, but before you do so, here are some steps you need to take ASAP if you suspect a basement/first floor flood:

  1. Watch out for electric shock.

You’ll want to turn off your home’s power at its main breaker switches to prevent people in your home from being electrocuted. If that’s not possible, don’t venture out into the water: stay put and call a fire company, utility or licensed electrician to remove the electric meter from its socket.

Stay away from the water even if it means the flooding continues; it’s just too risky.

  1. Leave the house immediately if you smell gas.

If you smell gas, get everyone out ASAP! If that means breaking windows and leaving through them (because water blocks your way and you can’t turn off the electric breaker), do it! Call your gas company as soon as possible after everyone is out of the house.

  1. If it’s safe to wade or walk into the water, be careful anyway.

If you don’t smell gas and if you’ve been able to safely turn the electric breaker off, be wary of wading through the water. If you’ve had a sewage leak understand that you may have raw sewage mixed in with the water, and that sewage often contains bacteria that can transmit disease.

Don protective clothing such as gloves, boots, even safety glasses and/or a mask and then thoroughly wash any clothing that has come in contact with the sewage before wearing ever again.

  1. Clean the basement/first floor thoroughly.

Once a plumber and/or a water extraction firm has removed the water from your home, you will need to clean thoroughly carpeting and other items touched by the flood. This may mean ripping up and replacing carpeting, possibly even replacing furniture. Your walls certainly will need to be cleaned extensively and possibly repainted.

Make sure as you clean to ventilate the space well and also clean for short periods of time. This helps protect your from the toxicity of powerful cleaning chemicals as well as contaminants that may have entered your living space along with the flood waters.

  1. Inspect your home for structural damage.

Depending on the flood’s severity, your home’s foundation and walls may have been compromised. And if the walls have weakened, your roof/ceiling may be, as well. If you at all feel there’s been structural damage, it’s wise to bring in experts to check it out and repair, if needed.

When you need a plumber for a burst pipe under your Dallas home, call the expert emergency plumbers at Plumbing Dynamics. Give us a call at 214-929-3431.

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