Basement Flooding & Restoration

Basement Flooding. Any basement can flood. However, some homeowners assume that just because they do not live in a high-risk flood area or have not experienced a lot of rainfall in their area, that their basement is safe from flooding.

Basement Flooding, Flood Damage

The truth is basement flooding can be caused by a variety of home issues, such as plumbing and sewage leaks. And whether its two inches or two feet, flooding can pose serious health and safety hazards for you and those in your home or business, if not addressed as soon as possible.

Whether you have stumbled into a basement this morning only to discover the carpet and padding soaking wet or a sudden pipe break or are looking for information on a “flood restoration company”, we have some tips on what you should do after a basement flood.

With experience up to and including work with FEMA, our knowledge of mitigating the damages caused by flood and flood waters is expansive and among the best in Columbus. The restoration steps involved in restoring the effects of this type of water damage is completely different than a broken supply line on the main level of your home or business therefore making the decision to choose the right water damage contractor all-the-more important.

Water in the Basement: Solutions for Flooded Basements

There is no universal answer for what causes a basement to flood.

Plumbing leaks, excessive rainfall, melting snow, leaky windows or even a basement foundation leak could be contributing to the water in your basement.

Left unattended, the residual effects of water damage often contribute to mold growth and a stale, uninviting odor in your property.

  • Because water always run from high to low ground, water is prone to entering even the smallest cracks and flaws that lead into the lowest level of your house or business and may result in foundation issues such as mortar cracking and shifting of the basement walls.

Basement foundation leaks are often caused by excessive amounts of rain, poor yard drainage and sewer backups, seeping water into your basement from faults in the foundation.

  • In this case, you will need to call a basement restoration contractor to inspect your basement, find the cause of the flood and suggest a solution to sealing your foundation from future leaks.

Plumbing leaks while at times minor, can lead to a major basement water damage and are often caused by a burst or leaking pipe, basement drain backup, waste line, washing machine supply hose or water tank or heater.

  • Before you call a flood mitigation company, you can stop most of the damage by turning off your water via the water shut-off valve. This valve is usually located near your water meter on the inside of your home or business.
  • It is a good idea to locate and identify your main water valve shut-off, so you know in the event of a sudden burst pipe. If your valve is buried in the ground, you might have to call a professional plumber with specific tools to turn it off.

Basement cleanup services also have access to a high-capacity pump, vacuum and truck mounted equipment that removes a high-volume of water and that will be able to get all the water out of your basement before it sits too long and starts to soak into your drywall or carpeting.

How Much Does It Cost to Clean Up Your Basement?

Depending on the cause of the flood, and the flood cleanup services that you may need to hire to address any flooding, the cost of cleaning up your basement can vary. However, let us discuss what you can expect, cost-wise.

Keep in mind that costs will vary based on how much water entered your basement and how quickly the water was addressed and removed.

Water damage guidelines written by the IICRC, suggest that the categories of water can and will change if undressed.

Depending on the source of the water and time since the incident occurred, water damage can be classified as:

  • Category 1: A clean water source such as a water supply line, refrigerator water line or a sink overflow. Addressed within 24 hours.
  • Category 2. Rainwater or sump pump backup, toilet over-flow with no feces. Addressed within 48 to 72 hours.basement flooding burst pipe
  • Category 3. Unsanitary origin such as sewage line backup, feces, and contact with bacteria or blood. Addressed after 72 hours.

According to Angie’s List, a minor flood with several inches of water could cost an average of $2000 to $10,000 to repair, while a severe flood could cost anywhere between $25,000 – $50,000 and beyond dependent on the building materials and personal property effected.

However, there are ways you can cut costs by taking case of most of the cleanup yourself, DIY-style. While some aspects of a basement cleanup and water damage repair – like electrical work and toxic septic waste – should be left to the basement restoration professionals, removing carpet and drywall can be done easily if doing so is within your ability to do safely.

Wet drywall and many of the porous building materials or personal possession that have been left unattended will also likely need to be removed and replaced since mold could be growing behind and on them, which can cause health problems for you and your family.

When Homeowners Insurance Doesn’t Cover a Basement Flood?

Home insurance usually will not cover any flood damage from natural or weather-related causes. And if the flood source is outside of the house, it is often not covered by homeowner’s insurance. This includes:

  • Storm surges.
  • If allowed to enter from the foundation walls.
  • Groundwater under the foundation.
  • Water or sewer backups

Flood insurance may cover these floods when home insurance cannot. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is the primary provider of flood insurance. The NFIP offers two separate flood insurance policies: one for dwelling and one for contents.

According to FEMA, the NFIP dwelling flood coverage includes the structure of the home and necessary support systems such as the furnace, basement AC unit, water heater, and circuit breakers.

NFIP content flood coverage includes appliances such as your washer, dryer, and food freezers as well as the food stored in it.

Once you can begin basement flood cleanup, remember to keep safety first.

Flood Waters and Your Policy

Although we would never recommend it, at least without the background, experience and knowledge in handling the cleanup. We would like you to keep your health and safety or you and your family in mind while taking on the task or tips below.

When in doubt, we are always available to answer any questions and happy to schedule an assessment just for your safety. These suggestions assume that the standing water has been removed and the electrical circuits have been inspected prior to entering the area. For extensive information visit the website of the CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Controlling the moisture inside your home or business is critical. Molds form in as little as twenty-four hours and special attention will need to be paid to structures where flood and sewage water have been left unattended for longer than forty-eight hours. Controlling the resulting moisture is the single most important step you can take to avoiding mold removal. Those with known asthma, allergies, or other breathing conditions should avoid taking on the task of cleanup and refer to a professional instead.

Please keep all children and pets safely out of the area. Be mindful of traffic areas where you may be moving about in attempt to discard water damaged materials. Any room that you may have traveled through while cleaning should be thoroughly cleaned prior to allowing your children or pets to return to that area.

When your certain of your safety, wear protective clothing before entering and/or cleaning up after water damage in your home or business. Include waterproof rubber boots, gloves and goggles. Much of this type of gear is made of a non-permeable material so keep in mind that while not allowing potential health hazardous waters onto your skin, you also can be become overheated and dehydrated on a faster basis. Take breaks, always change your gloves and wash your hands with soap and hot water as often as possible.

Remove and discard any porous item that cannot be safely cleaned and disinfected such as, carpet and padding, area rugs, upholstered furniture, most clothing, and most paper goods. Cardboard should be a primary focus as molds grow quickly on these paper products and they absorb moisture quickly.

You want to dry out the basement as soon as possible. When wet basements just have puddles of water spread around the room, you can use a wet vacuum to begin the cleanup and water removal process. You may need a pool water pump, sump pump or a basic mop and bucket.

Since basements are not well-ventilated areas by nature, it is also a good idea to bring in dehumidifiers and fans during the drying period. This tip can prevent mold and further structural damage which could save you a lot of money or from health issues down the road.

Another tip is to remove any porous materials like fabrics to air out in a better ventilated area. If materials are wet for too long, then mold can begin to grow on them. This process can happen in as little as two days.

If you have actual flooding with water raised above the ground, then you will need to call in professionals to help you with the cleanup and pump out the water.

Flood Water Cleanup – Doing it Yourself

Although we would never recommend it, at least without the background, experience, and knowledge in handling the cleanup. We would like you to keep your health and safety or you and your family in mind while taking on the task or tips below.

When in doubt, we are always available to answer any questions and happy to schedule an assessment just for your safety. These suggestions assume that the standing water has been removed and the electrical circuits have been inspected prior to entering the area. For extensive information visit the website of the CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Controlling the moisture inside your home or business is critical. Molds form in as little as twenty-four hours and special attention will need to be paid to structures where flood and sewage water have been left unattended for longer than forty-eight hours. Controlling the resulting moisture is the single most important step you can take to avoiding mold removal. Those with known asthma, allergies, or other breathing conditions should avoid taking on the task of cleanup and refer to a professional instead.

Please keep all children and pets safely out of the area. Be mindful of traffic areas where you may be moving about in attempt to discard water damaged materials. Any room that you may have traveled through while cleaning should be thoroughly cleaned prior to allowing your children or pets to return to that area.

When your certain of your safety, wear protective clothing before entering and/or cleaning up after water damage in your home or business. Include waterproof rubber boots, gloves, and goggles. Much of this type of gear is made of a non-permeable material so keep in mind that while not allowing potential health hazardous waters onto your skin, you also can be become overheated and dehydrated on a faster basis. Take breaks, always change your gloves, and wash your hands with soap and hot water as often as possible.

Remove and discard any porous item that cannot be safely cleaned and disinfected such as, carpet and padding, area rugs, upholstered furniture, most clothing, and most paper goods. Cardboard should be a primary focus as molds grow quickly on these paper products and they absorb moisture quickly.

Flood Water Removal

Flood Damage To Carpet

Flood waters amassing over half the height of the room involve the expertise in dealing with hydrostatic pressure of the foundation walls. Improper and unbalanced water extraction could lead to foundation collapse, a horrifying result and it’s just one of the ways that in mitigation of flood water is much different and more complex than a local carpet cleaner, having no experience in flood damage could even begin to imagine.

Within minutes flood waters will begin to deteriorate your personal belongings; absorb into drywall, insulation, and cinder block that left unattended could lead lasting and damaging effects of the very foundation that your home or business was built upon.

Keep in mind that potentially dangerous molds can form in as little as twenty-four to forty-eight hours after water has affected the materials. 

Our water damage restoration teams can be on the way and at your doorstep in as little as an hour.

Flood Due to Frozen or Burst Pipes

During the winter, pipes can freeze and burst, leading to heavy water damage in your home or business. It is not just frozen pipes that can burst. If your pipes are unsecured, corroded, or suffer from water pressure issues, they can burst.

But homeowner’s insurance companies have certain requirements before they will cover damage due to frozen or burst pipes. Insurers may require that you:

  • Keep the home at a minimum temperature.
  • Live in the home at the time of the flooding.
  • Stay up to date on basic maintenance.

If your water heater in the basement leaks and causes damage, your homeowners insurance policy should cover it – assuming the heater is not old and poorly maintained. If that is the case, your home insurance claim can be denied. Home insurance takes care of the water removal, debris cleanup, and damaged furnishings. But in most cases, a home insurance policy will not pay to replace an old water heater.

Basement Water Damage Services

Our trained professional water cleanup specialists receive the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and always perform water damage restoration services in compliance with standards for professional water damage and flood damage restoration.

In addition, we possess the IICRC Master Certification in water damage services.

Our vehicles are fully equipped with state-of-the art water extraction, drying and moisture testing equipment to handle everything including:

Our flooded basement cleanup services are available for 24-hour emergency water removal services and open 7 days a week for your convenience.

Renewed Standards in Restoration

With the understanding that our company alone may never change the entire restoration industry.

Many of our team members and associates have decades of experience in damage cleanup and each have made a pact that in the development of iDry Columbus, that a renewed standard would be created and used as the approach on every claim; even if that standard would only apply to the damage cleanup or property claims that we were involved in.

In making the decision to not enroll in or join “preferred vendor” relationships where the relationship becomes a carrier/vendor one instead of client/vendor due to rate discounts and the reliance on the possibility of future property damage claims; we’ve taken back the control and returned it to the client, where it should have always been.

Utilizing the latest in technology in drying equipment, low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers, low amp draw air movers and HEPA filtered air cleaning equipment, we continually deliver successful results in the restoration of building and property damage.

Its Restoration Redefined. Guaranteed.

Property damage inspections have been and will always be free of charge estimating and at no obligation to our client.

We’ve chosen to include the use of thermal imaging and highly sensitive moisture detection equipment on every inspection; allowing us to offer detailed and complete information, estimates, and/or proper drying recommendations by identifying areas of concern that may have been overlooked without the use of these tools.

If you find yourself in need of a damage cleanup company that’s redesigning the restoration industry in our client’s favor, we would appreciate any opportunity to be of service and will always perform in a manner that we would expect for our own family, home or business.

With service available around the clock and throughout Columbus, Ohio and surrounding communities, we recognize that the need for a damage repair company doesn’t always occur during normal business hours, because of this, we haven’t had normal business hours in more than 20 years.

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Master Certified and built from concept to performance. iDry Columbus – We are available 24 hours day in response to any emergency mold growth situation you find your home or business in.

Avoiding preferred relationships with insurance carriers and foregoing discounted rates and agreements in exchange for property damage claims allows us to service only our client. Every service we have the opportunity to provide is proudly backed and guaranteed for as long as you own your home or business.

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