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Here in Nashville, a heavy storm can roll in and dump a deluge of rain that can end up in your basement. After the initial shock of seeing a pond in your basement, what should you do next? The foundation experts at A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair have helped many many homeowners with foundation repair after a flooded basement, and in today’s blog post we’re sharing the steps you should follow after a flood. Continue reading to learn more, and if you’re in need of foundation repair in Nashville, be sure to contact the experts at  A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair.

Don’t enter The Basement

We get the urge to run down the steps and try to save your possessions, but doing so can be a deadly mistake. Water is a great conductor of electricity, and there’s a big risk of electrocution if you enter a flooded basement.

Shut Off The Power

If you’re able to access the circuit breaker (ie. it’s not in your flooded basement), turn off the power to your home. If you can’t turn it off yourself, call your utility provider or an electrician.

Get Rid Of The Water

Now that the electricity is turned off and it’s safe to enter the basement, you should start draining the water as best you can. If your basement has a drain, find it and make sure there isn’t any debris blocking it. If you have only a few inches of water, you can probably remove it with a wet vac. Borrow it from family or friends or rent one from your local hardware store. As you wet vac, remember to keep electrical cords away from water.

If you have more than an inch or so of water, you’ll probably need a submersible pump to remove the water. In extreme cases of flooding, you may need to contact a professional to remove the water. After the majority of the water is removed, use towels to clean up whatever is left.

Dry The Area

Damp areas are a recipe for mold and mildew, and the only way to prevent it from growing is by drying out the area as best as possible. Use dehumidifiers and fans. If you have air conditioning, run it constantly. 

Salvage Possessions

While your basement is drying, you can sort through your possessions and see what can be saved and what should be thrown away. If you have any cardboard boxes, be sure to toss them. If you have drywall in your basement, it will need to be torn out. Wipe and dry and nonporous items and wash fabrics. Know, though, that big flood probably has overwhelmed Nashville’s water treatment plant, so wait a little bit before doing laundry. Your neighbors with their own flooded basement are probably adding to the strain on the facilities.

Clean And Disinfect

Cleaning your basement is important to preventing mold growth. Scrub tile, linoleum, and concrete with a solution of bleach and water. Be sure that the space is well ventilated. Clean any other surface that you’ve salvaged, like furniture or plastic bins.

Identify How The Water Got In

After you’ve put all this work into cleaning your basement, you certainly don’t want to have to do it again the next time a storm hits! You’ll need to figure out what caused your basement to be compromised, and the first place to look is outside. Check all of your gutters and downspouts and make sure that they’re cleared of leaves, twigs, and any other debris that could cause water to build up and concentrate near your foundation. Check around your basement windows and window wells to ensure that these are sealed tightly.

If you can’t identify the cause of the problem, then it’s time to contact a professional like  A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville to check to see if the flooding was caused by a foundation issue.

Get Foundation Repair

Our foundation experts here at  A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville are experts at identifying foundation issues and performing foundation repair. Often, cracks in your foundation or foundation sinking can compromise your foundation’s integrity, leading to leaks and flooding. We will perform an inspection and let you know what your foundation repair options are. 

A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville

A flooded basement is stressful, and foundation repair can help prevent it from ever happening again. If your basement has flooded or you’re noticing basement leaks, it’s time to contact A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville for an inspection and free quote. We’ll let you know what the problem is and what your options are for foundation repair. Along with foundation repair, we also specialize in concrete pouring and concrete leveling. Contact us today for a free quote.

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