What to Do If You Experience a Flooded Basement
While no one can predict when a flood might happen to your basement, or anyone's basement for that mater, it's best to be prepared with a flood
protection plan in case you are suddenly stuck with a flooded basement.
First, it's a good idea to keep all heating and cooling units on the first floor or have them mounted on the wall so that if you do end up with a flooded
basement, they will not become damaged and cost you further money in damages. A flooded basement is costly enough to repair without the
additional cost of having to replace a heating and cooling system. It might be a cost to have them raised to the ceiling level now, but it is one that you
should be willing to pay now rather than pay much more later down the road.
Placing your furniture up on blocks might not look fashionable, however, if you basement is prone to flooding, you might consider it or take the furniture
out and use the basement as an unfinished area where you might just store things up on pallets of wood or cinder blocks to protect them from water
damage. Put your valuable items being stored in waterproof plastic tubs with lids will also help.
Most basements are finished and you can protect your self by having flood insurance on all your belongings in the basement. When you purchase a
new couch and chair or television and recliner, make sure you notify your insurance agent and take photos of all your belongings in the basement, this
includes washer and dryer if they are located in the basement. That way you have proof of their existence and, you will be able to show the insurance
agent exactly what was in the basement if you have to clear it out before he or she can get to you.
Sometimes there is a large area that floods many basements and the insurance agents are very busy. You don't want mold and mildew building up in
your home so you need to take everything out that came in contact with the water and make sure it is hauled off by the garbage truck. Mold and
mildew can be deadly if le