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No one wants a wet basement, but unfortunately, basement floods do happen. Often, they’re the cause of a foundation issue, which is why it’s important to make sure that you get foundation repair when you need it. Otherwise, you could end up with a bigger problem down the road. In today’s blog post, we’re sharing what you should do if your basement floods, and if you think your basement may be compromised because of foundation issues, contact A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville for a foundation repair quote.

Don’t Enter Until The Power Is Shut Off

Basement floods pose a threat to you and your family, as water is a great conductor of electricity. If your circuit breaker isn’t in the flooded basement, turn off the power before entering the basement. If you’re unable to turn off the power, call an electrician to do it for you. 

Remove Water

You need to get the water out of your house as quickly as possible. The longer it’s there, the more damage will be done. If there’s just a few inches of standing water, you can probably remove it with a wet vac, which you can buy, borrow, or rent. If you have larger quantities of water, you may need to call in a professional to remove the water. Know that even minor water needs to be wiped up to prevent mold growth.

Remove Damp Objects

Basements are often full of cardboard boxes, and you’ll need to remove those immediately. If there’s wet carpet or couches, remove them. If you have insurance, they will hopefully cover the cost of damaged items. 

Dry It Out

A wet basement is a perfect environment for mold and mildew. After you’ve removed the water, use dehumidifiers and fans to help circulate and dry out the air. Here in Nashville, things can get pretty humid, particularly during the rainy spring months, so it’s vital to remove as much moisture as possible from the air. Along with fans and dehumidifiers, run your air conditioner.

Prevent Future Damage

After you’ve done all the work to clean your basement, you don’t want it to happen again! You’ll need to identify what caused the flood in the first place, and our team can help. It may be a foundation issue, a water drainage issue, or a combination of the two. Here at A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair, we offer both foundation repair and drainage solutions such as French drains, downspout extensions, catch basins, drainage swales, and waterproofing. Our team can come to identify the problem and provide potential solutions, as well as a quote for our services. Basement floods are damaging and time-consuming, and it’s important to take steps to protect your property and prevent future flooding. We’ll do our best to help you from having to experience a basement flood ever again!

Foundation Repair Experts – Nashville

We hope that you’ve learned some helpful tips for what to do if your basement floods! If you’re concerned about your foundation and want to make sure that it’s ready for the next big Nashville storm, contact our team and we’ll come take a look. When you hire A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair, you can trust that we’ll get the job done right, and within budget. Along with foundation repair, we also specialize in drainage solutions, new concrete, and concrete leveling. 

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