Water Flooding in Basement – What are my First Steps?

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The First Question: Does Insurance Cover Water Damage in my Home?

In Michigan, typically, insurance does not cover outside ground
water
that comes indoors. (*some policies excluded) The first thing to do
after you have water damage is to check with your insurance company and
see if the water removal and cleanup will be covered and if that’s the right option for you.

If insurance doesn’t cover the damage, many homeowners are in a frantic
bind trying to resolve the situation themselves. We strongly advise you to
call for professional help as soon as possible because water damage can lead
to problems quickly. Here’s 5 Reasons the Pros Should Handle Your Flood Damage

  • We have a team to finish the job in probably a few
    hours.
  • Our equipment and products will extract water, dry
    structures, and sanitize your home efficiently
    .

Please call us at 269.344.3600.

If you can’t call a professional right now, here are helpful steps for DIY
how to get water out of your basement
:

  1. Take Safety Precautions

    • No Live Power
    • If you have standing water in your basement, make sure
      there is no live power that may shock you as you step into
      the water. As you know, electricity and water don’t
      mix.

    • Contaminated Water
    • Be aware that outside ground water is considered
      contaminated water. Murky groundwater is not safe to be
      standing in or around without protective gear.
      See note below

    • Protection Equipment
    • Because of the contaminated water, personal protection
      equipment should be used (gloves, boots, goggles, extra
      clothes to cover all skin, and mask, if necessary) Your
      basement is already flooded, so make sure to protect yourself
      from a hospital trip because you’re not being safe.

  2. Remove Items

    In your protective gear, remove all cardboard that has been affected. Cardboard breaks
    down very easily when wet and traps tons of water.
    Eliminate all cardboard material from basement. Then, remove
    as many wet valuables and items as you can, and move them to a dry
    place (outside, driveway, garage, friend’s house, in extra parts of
    the house, anywhere you can think of).

  3. Extract the Water

    Once the site is safe, extracting water with a sump
    pump
    or wet vac will be your best
    resource. You could settle for a carpet cleaning machine.
    Unfortunately, these personal machines don’t have enough power to
    dry structures like we do, but this will get you by,
    depending on how much water you are dealing with. There might be
    too much water for you to handle alone. Please call your
    local water disaster restoration company for help.
    .

  4. Remove More Material

    If the water came in from outside, it is contaminated water, so all
    materials will need to be removed like drywall,
    trim, carpet, and padding
    . Yes, everything the water affected
    NEEDS to be disposed of. The outside water poses too many problems to take a risk.

  5. Get Your Basement Dry

    Set up air movement (fans strategically everywhere) and a
    dehumidifier after all the water has been
    extracted. It is very important you get the whole structure of your
    basement dry because mold can begin to grow after 48
    hrs
    . You don’t want to mess around with growing mold.

    Call us now for help. 269.344.3600

    Outside Water is Contaminated Water?

    According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and
    Restoration, ground water ranks as the highest of 3 category
    levels of water contamination. This means that flood water is
    “grossly unsanitary” and is rife with bacteria and other unsafe
    ingredients. ServiceMaster uses strong sanitizing agents to
    greatly reduce the potentially negative health effects of this
    water.

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