Along with severe spring storms comes the likelihood of water-based damage to your home, particularly a flooded basement. Even with floodwater pouring into your home and causing damage you can see happening, it's vital that you remain calm and keep the following points in mind while doing what you can to alleviate the problem.
A flooded basement creates physical hazards
- Watch for slippery areas that could cause falls.
- If water covers electrical outlets, wiring or equipment, it could create the possibility of electrocution if you touch or step into the water. Let the water recede before starting cleanup and salvage, or make sure all electrical power has been turned off before wading into standing water.
- Make sure any HVAC equipment or appliances that have been exposed to floodwater are thoroughly inspected by an HVAC professional or electrician before being turned back on.
- If you notice the odor of gas, assume that a gas leak is present. This is an emergency that requires immediate response. Don't turn on any electrical switches or sources of sparks or flame. Evacuate your home immediately, leaving doors and windows open to vent gas. Contact your local fire department and gas utility company for assistance.
A flooded basement can create health risks
- Floodwater can be contaminated with sewage, trash, animal carcasses or other significant health hazards. Wear rubber boots and gloves if you have to work in the water. A respirator is also good protection from any airborne contaminants, too.
- Keep children and pets away from the floodwater.
- Don't eat food that has been exposed to floodwater.
- Avoid smoking, eating or touching your face or other exposed skin while working in the flooded area.
- If you receive a cut or open wound while exposed to floodwater, clean and bandage it immediately and seek professional medical attention.
- Begin cleanup, replacement and repair as soon as possible to reduce the risk of mold growth.
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Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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