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Bill Smith Plumbing and Heating Advice for Flooded Basements

Posted by: JoyYeh | Posted on: September 13th, 2013 | 0 Comments

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For a place that usually sees September as the driest month the Front Range got quite a surprise today. Torrential down pours that have caused wide spread flash flooding, washing out roadways and bridges. Not just flooding of roadways but parks, schools and maybe your basement.

A flooded basement is not just a hassle and property damaging event it can be a health and life threatening situation as well. If you have standing water in your basement don’t wade into it. You can run the risk of electric shock or possible exposure to harmful bacteria. You should contact the fire department or professional restoration company to pump the water out. In major events like the flooding we are currently experiencing be aware that local municipalities may ask you not to call 911 for basement flooding.

If you see water just beginning to accumulate (non-standing) check to see if the sump pump is working. If it is not pumping water call us, we can be reached 24 hours a day for emergencies. If it is pumping water and you can safely move around the basement check to see where the water is coming from. Don’t have a sump pump? Phone us for a consultation about installation.

In an event like this the most likely place water is coming through is a basement window. While it’s happening there is not much you can do but let the sump pump do its job or pump the water out after. Contact us to find out how window wells can be tied into the French drain system associated with a sump pump to avoid future problems.

If water seems to be coming from the foundation check the downspouts and make sure they are directing water away from the house. If the downspouts seem fine you may need to speak to a landscaper and discuss drainage in your yard.

In some instances you may have a floor drain. If it is not draining and backing up call us to clean out the line and get water moving again.

One last thing to consider, if the furnace became wet call us and one of our qualified technicians will inspect them before use and replace wet filters. Powering up electrical equipment that may still be wet can ruin the equipment and possibly produce electric shock.

Thankfully we don’t experience this type of flooding very often, only every 100 years or so. Feel free to call us at 303-781-7856 or email us at info@billsmith-plumbing.com if you have any questions or need assistance. Stay safe and dry!

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