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Dealing With a Flooded Basement

September 7, 2017.

Are you experiencing the devastation of basement flooding? Whether rising groundwater breached your home after a heavy rainfall or a burst pipe leaked into your living space, managing the aftermath of flooding can be a nightmare. To compound the issue, it’s imperative to act quickly in order to prevent fungal growth and other health hazards after water damage.

As with any large and urgent project, it’s vital to triage the situation as quickly as possible. Sorting the entire process into manageable tasks is imperative and can make the process more bearable.

Actions to Take Immediately After Flooding

First things first, you must stop the flow of water into your home. If a plumbing issue is the culprit, you should be able to shut off the water to the entire structure until the leak can be located and addressed. If your flooding is the result of heavy rainfall, your options will likely be limited until the rain stops.

Once water is no longer actively flowing into your home, it’s time to remove what’s already in the basement. Even if the water looks clear and seems clean, it’s of the utmost importance that you protect yourself from what is very likely contaminated water. Bacteria and other microorganisms are often found in flood waters, and you’ll have an even more difficult time managing a project of this scope if your health is jeopardized.

Submersible pumps and wet/dry vacuums can be invaluable weapons in your fight to reclaim a flooded basement, but remember that electricity and water are a recipe for disaster. Be careful how you use electrical tools for water removal and always wear protective gear to minimize water exposure.

Cleanup in the Aftermath of a Flooded Basement

When the flow of water has been halted and all standing water has been eliminated, you’re left with a waterlogged mess in your basement. Some of your belongings may be salvageable, but any upholstered furniture, rugs or other soft items are almost certainly damaged beyond repair. These soft surfaces harbor microbes and are the perfect host for fungal growth, which will not only ruin the fabric, but can also pose a very serious health hazard.

The backbreaking work of removing all your damaged belongings is only part of the trauma, though. Actively hauling treasured items ruined by flood waters out of your home will be upsetting, to say the least.

At Jiffy Junk, we know how much your home and belongings mean to you. That’s why our professional technicians offer white-glove services for home and business owners throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. We’ll come to your home or place of business to clear away water-damaged items, leaving you with a totally clean space ready for renovation.

Because we’re equally committed to ecologically responsible disposal, we’ll make sure any recyclable items are taken to the appropriate drop-off locations as part of our service. We work to minimize landfill impact with our services, so you can feel confident you’ve made the most ethical choice.

Don’t let flooding destroy your home and your peace of mind. Call today: 844-543-3966.

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