Basement Flooding Kanata
Nothing spells out a headache like discovering a flood in your basement! This can be a scary thing as water damage can be quite expensive, not to mention the emotions you may feel from precious items you have stored down there that may be ruined as a result of the flood. There is never a good reason for your basement to flood, and if it occurs you need to act quickly – thankfully for all you homeowners, the good folks at John the Plumber Kanata are here to help you out, and thought we’d provide a little info on this type of plumbing emergency.
First thing you need to think about is your safety. Basements have electrical sockets in the walls as well as light switches and electrical wires running throughout the entire area, and prior to any flooding you may have had things plugged into said sockets such as televisions, electrical fireplaces etc. Clearly, electricity and water is never a good mix; if you are going down to investigate you need to be wearing rubber boots as a precaution, it only takes a few centimeters of water to cause an electrical shock – DO NOT risk this!
Once you have your boots on you can go to your circuit panel and make sure that the basement circuits are shut off. If the water is quite high don’t attempt to go down there right away, you need to contact Kanata’s electrical utility people and have them shut it off first. It is also important to note that electrical shock is not the only thing you need to concern yourself with if there’s flooding; leaking chemicals, sewage and mold are all factors that could present as well – make sure you cover all of these bases as these are all significant issues if left unattended.
What Do I Do? Why Did This Happen?
It can be over whelming to come down your basement stairs and see the flooding; first thing that comes to many people’s minds is HOW do I get rid of it and WHY has this happened? Locating where the water is coming from can be difficult depending on how high the water is. If the flooding is found early enough you can generally stop it easily and avoid serious damage by using a wet vac; the idea is to pump out as much water as quickly as possible. If the water level is quite high your best bet would be to contact a restoration company and have your water pumped out professionally.
Once the excess water has been drained, the cause of the flood can be determined and the issue can be fixed; sump pumps that stopped working, blocked main drains, burst pipes, failed weeping tile and other foundation problems are all reasons you may have a flood in your basement – but you won’t know until the flood itself has been dealt with.
For fast emergency service, give us a call today at John The Plumber Kanata and we’ll be right over to help you out– you’ll be glad you did!