The Dangers of Basement Flooding | Service One

The Dangers of Basement Flooding

With all the flooding this February in Illinois and other parts of the country, many people experienced damage to their homes. Since flooding can happen quickly and have quite severe effects, we encourage our customers to take proper precautions to protect their property.

You don’t want to get caught unprepared and have to deal with a ton of water in your home. Trust us. To effectively prevent the many issues that accompany a flooded basement, we recommend installing a flood control system. Read how such a system can save you from all the problems we’ll mention below. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and the peace of mind that comes with preparation for problematic events makes such investments even more valuable. To give you an idea of the importance of proper precautions, here are some of the primary dangers of basement flooding.

Contaminated Water

If a broken pipe caused your flooding, you might not have significant concerns about the cleanliness of the water. But, if your basement was flooded with water from outside of your home, you can have a major bacteria problem on your hands. Stormwater isn’t clean. If outside flood water has made an unwelcome appearance in your home, conditions may be downright filthy. Basements are often flooded with a nasty combination of water and sewage. If this is the case, you need to make doubly sure that you’ve done everything necessary to sterilize your living space. Need help from the pros?

Electrocution Hazards

Water and electricity can be a deadly combination. If you have even an inkling of a doubt whether it’s safe to venture downstairs and survey the flooding damage to your basement, do not be careless. Call a professional right away to assess the situation. It’s just not worth it to risk your own serious injury or death if the water is in contact with electrical outlets or power cords. On top of these concerns, appliances in your basement can also present an electrocution risk after a flood.

Expensive Replacement Costs

It’s scary to think how costly it could be if you had to replace a substantial amount of what’s in your basement. Adding up the prices of water heaters, washing machines, drywall, carpeting, furniture, televisions, and anything else is enough to cause a panic attack. Even if your home or flood insurance would kick in, the hassle of managing the process and the increased future premiums are unpleasant enough.

Harmful Air

Another primary concern after your basement floods is unhealthy air quality. The presence of water can create serious problems with mold, pests, and various kinds of bacteria. If you encounter flooding but fail to take care of the problem properly, your home can be left with some major problems going forward.

If you ever end up with a flooding problem at your home, Service1 is here to help you out. We don’t just say we have good customer service; we prove it by offering 24/7 assistance with no extra charges for night or weekend service.

Call us at (815) 694-0022 or book an appointment online!

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