Water damage can happen for a number of reasons. In each case, you want to make sure you put safety first when attempting to either document or cleanup water damage. In most cases, it’s smart to work with a professional water damage restoration firm, like ServiceMaster by ARTec, who has the knowledge, tools, and trained staff to handle water damage for you.
There are times when you can aid the process a bit, but make sure to follow a few simple guidelines to keep yourself safe from exposure to the harmful effects of water damage.
Today we’re going to talk about how to deal with basement flooding.
Burst pipes, floods, or heavy rain can cause flooding in the basement of your Philadelphia, PA home. A few safety precautions you can take are:
- Shut off the power system – Needless to say, electricity and water don’t mix. Don’t attempt to turn off the power if you have to go through standing water – leave the job to a professional
- Wear protective gear – We strongly recommend you don’t enter the basement if there’s standing water, but if there’s an exception or emergency, make sure to wear rubber boots and gloves to protect yourself against exposure to harmful substances that may be present in the standing water
- Contact your insurance company – This is crucial because certain types of insurance don’t cover flood damage. Make sure to document all the information clearly and understand the details of your policy
Water damage restoration is best left to professionals for a number of reasons. First and foremost, working with a professional water damage restoration company will ensure the job gets done right.
Second, our team has the equipment necessary to avoid contaminants and dangerous scenarios such as:
- Electric shock
- Structural rot
- Buckling walls
Without getting into too much detail about each, they’re all potentially health threatening risks if you attempt to handle water damage restoration on your own.
For peace of mind and to ensure a job well done when it comes to water damage restoration, call ServiceMaster by ARTec immediately at (610) 626-9002.