A flood in the basement is an annoying cost, but it’s also a dangerous one. A basement that has been completely flooded may have damaged heating, the ventilation and air conditioning could be damaged or malfunction, and you could end up with such damage in the wood that you cannot restore it as well as you would like to.
If your basement is in need of water because of a boiler bursting, then you need to figure out how you can fix it, and knowing where to start can be difficult. Water damage takes some time to fix, so if your basement is knee-deep with water, you need to take action, and you need to take action fast. The good news is that we’ve put together a very short list of the things you could be doing off the bat to make sure that your basement is back to itself in no time at all.
- Start by calling your insurance company. One of the most important things that you could do after water, fire, or mold damage is to contact your house insurance company. You should already be covered because if you are not, it’s quite an error in judgment! Making the effort to ensure that you are completely looked after with regard to your insurance is vital for the health of your home after a flood. By making a point of calling the insurer, you are arranging for an adjuster to come out to your house to assess everything and check that your damage can be compensated. Water damage restoration should start around a day or two after you have been cleared to re-enter the house, so getting the insurance company early means that you can assess how much you received from your insurer.
- Call a plumber. When the basement is flooded, the damage could be done to the heating and cooling equipment. You should never attempt to fix the heating or cooling equipment yourself. A plumber will be able to get the water out of your basement and help you to start drying things out so you can see the extent of the water damage. Qualified professionals can resolve the issue without risking further damage and more flooding.
- Has your gas unit been checked by an expert? Sometimes it can be very difficult to tell whether flood water has damaged any gas appliances in the home. Your boiler heaters need to be checked over, especially if the outside of the unit feels dry. You can’t tell whether the water has got inside the unit, and a gas appliance should be checked out by an expert. They will be able to tell you whether there are any corroded controls or valves, and they will be able to fix any underlying issues that could really cost you money in the long run.
Water damage can be costly, but if you get on with the insurance company and the experts from the get-go, you will be able to be on top of it all!