What should I do if my basement floods?
In the unfortunate event of a basement flood, the most important thing to remember is that you should NOT walk in the water unless you are 100% sure that it is not electrified. A water-filled basement is very hazardous, so do not risk stepping into the water. Call your electricity provider and request that they turn off the power at the hydro meter.
Before you head down to inspect the damage, you also need to make sure that there is no leaks in the gas lines. It is very common for pipes and hoses to crack and leaks due to the pressure of the water, so if you smell even a faint odor of gas, make sure you and your family get out of the house immediately. Call a disaster restoration company right away; they will walk you through exactly what you need to do to keep your family safe and minimize the damage done to your home.
If you are certain that the basement does not have an electric current running through it and is not leaking gas, you may want to go see the extent of the damage. While you are down there, make sure you are wearing safety glasses, face mask, rubber gloves and boots to protect yourself against any possible sewage or chemicals that may have mixed in with the water. And, though it is not very common, you should check the structural strength of the walls. There is a small chance that the water made its way to support beams and jeopardized their strength, and it is important to take note of this before the damage gets worse.
There are many precautions that you must take into consideration when your basement floods. It is extremely overwhelming, but that's why disaster restoration companies exist. They will work with you until you get your home back.