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If I have a flood emergency in my home, what can I do to help alleviate the problem?

Water in homeHomeowners often think a flood emergency can only occur during the spring when the snow melts rapidly or during heavy rain. But a flood emergency can happen at any time. A flooded basement can be caused by oversaturated ground around your home, an overflowing river or stream, a broken sump pump, storm sewer backup, a burst pipe, faulty appliance or plumbing fixture and even seepage through the foundation floor or walls.

If you find yourself with a flooded basement you need to properly dry, disinfect and sanitize the area affected by water. To avoid a weakened foundation, damaged drywall or a mold infestation there are several steps you can take to alleviate a flood emergency.

  1. Turn off all power, including electricity, water and gas to affected areas.

  2. Check to make sure your flood drain, gutters and downspouts are not clogged.

  3. Remove water from the basement as soon as possible. Call a professional like Roto-Rooter, that can fix any responsible plumbing issues and provide the proper equipment for water removal 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  4. Move all furniture and electrical items to an upper level of your home and for those heavy household appliances you are unable to carry, elevate them by placing them atop a stack of concrete blocks.

  5. Remove carpet as fast as possible to allow the floor underneath to dry.

  6. Dry out the affected area with fans and dehumidifiers so the environment isn’t ripe for mold and mildew to grow.

  7. Disinfect to rid the area of potential bacteria.

Roto-Rooter’s prompt and professional water removal experts are trained and certified to clean and deodorize areas affected by excessive water damage. Water damage restoration begins with an approved and IICRC certified process that offers protection against germs, mold, mildew and odors, and is designed to restore your home effectively and efficiently.

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