What to do About a Flooded Basement?

You already know how important it is to have a properly functioning basement. However, if your basement becomes flooded, you might be surprised at how quickly the water can destroy everything in its path. If parts of your home have been flooded by torrential rains or overflowing rivers, this is not something that you can fix by yourself. You need a flood restoration service to get rid of the water and repair the damage.


Basements are often the forgotten room in your home. But these spaces serve many important purposes, and if you live in an area that is prone to heavy rains or flooding, it’s even more important to keep your basement dry and clean. People commonly use their basements for:

  • Storage: Basements are often used as storage areas; they can store anything from sports equipment to holiday decorations.
  • Recreation: Many homeowners use their basements as playrooms for children or teenagers, providing them with space away from distractions like television sets.
  • Laundry area: Some people choose to have their laundry machines installed in their basements so that they do not have to go up and down stairs multiple times per day while doing their laundry. This also allows them more privacy than if they were upstairs doing this activity (elderly adults may prefer this option).

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Conmon causes of Flooding

Basement flooding is a growing problem in North America. It is estimated that up to 25% of homes have experienced some form of basement flooding.


Water can enter your basement through cracks in the foundation or floor, plumbing leaks, and other sources. Basement flooding is dangerous as it increases the risk of mold and mildew growth, which can cause health concerns for you and your family. If the water source is from a river or storm waters it could be contaminated with bacteria, which is a major health concern. Basements can become flooded by:


  • Damaged rain gutters
  • Damaged slabs
  • Foundational cracks

Problems Caused By Standing Water

When water gets into your home, it can cause all kinds of problems. First of all, there’s the immediate issue that needs to be dealt with: getting rid of the water and making sure it doesn’t cause more damage than it already has. Then there are long-term issues that may not be immediately apparent but can cause problems down the road if they’re not addressed properly right away.



  • Foundation
  • Walls
  • Flooring
  • Ceiling
  • Electrical system
  • Plumbing system
  • Heating system
  • Air conditioning system




Mold growth is another common problem that can occur when water damage occurs. Mold is a fungus that grows in damp, dark areas, and it can grow as quickly as a few hours. Though mold is not an immediate health hazard for most people, it can cause respiratory problems for those with asthma or allergies to molds. In addition to causing respiratory issues, mold has been associated with infections and cancer.



Electrical hazards can be dangerous and should be avoided. If you’re unsure about a situation, call an electrician. They will be able to tell you if you have a serious problem and fix it. If your basement has taken on water, do not hesitate to call the professionals.

If you are experiencing a flooding problem in your basement or crawlspace it is extremely important to act quickly. Flooding can cause serious damage to your home and lead to costly repairs if left untreated for too long.

Call a Flood Restoration Professional

If you have been affected by water, then you need to call a professional company that deals with flood restoration. They are the ones to best help you with your problem. They have years of experience, the right equipment, and the skills to do the job right.


A flood restoration company has:


  • years of experience dealing with water removal
  • professional-grade equipment for extracting water
  • dehumidifiers and high-speed fans to help aid the drying process
  • antimicrobial solutions to kill germs and bacteria (disinfecting)


Take pictures of the damaged areas and contact your insurance company. If you live in an area that frequently floods, you should have flood insurance on top of your regular homeowner’s policy. It will depend on what your policy covers as to how much it will cost you out-of-pocket.

The Flood Restoration Process

The first step is to call a flood restoration company. A member of their team will assess your property and give you a quote for the service. Several steps will need to be taken to restore your property to its pre-flood condition:


  • After the flood waters have receded, clear any debris, and pump out any remaining water.
  • Remove and dispose of any damaged furnishings and waterlogged contents.
  • Remove any potential environmental, and/or biological contaminants left behind by cleaning and decontaminating the building.
  • Evaluate any structural damage that could cause future hazards.
  • Repair any structural damage, returning the home to its former condition.


Before returning to normal use, it’s a good idea to have a plumber, electrician, and gas engineer inspect each of these services before they are turned back on. Floods can cause a disruption of utilities as well. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.


The professionals at Xpress Restoration Inc. can help you get back to normal. We have years of experience in all aspects of flood restoration and can handle any job, large or small. A member of our team will come out to your home or business and assess the damage and discuss the results with you so that you know what needs to be done before the clean-up and restoration can begin. Call us today at (insert phone number) or contact us online.



Our certified restoration experts are trained to deal with water removal emergencies, and they will contact you within 15 minutes of your initial call. They will also advise you how to minimize the water damage until our crew arrives. We are locals and we have almost 15 years of expertise dealing with Water Damage Drying, Water Damage Cleaning, Flooded basement cleanup, Water Removal and all the related services. in San Diego CA, 91911




We respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 day a week, 365 days a year. Highly trained technicians are ready to respond now to your call.



We will inspect the damage to ceilings, walls, floors and other parts of your property FREE of charge. We use state-of-the art infrared cameras and moisture monitors to find all areas of damage, even if they’re hidden.



We will move belongings to a dry place. If the damage is extensive, we will carefully pack and inventory the items for safe-keeping until your property is restored



We will ensure your property is completely dry by placing fans and dehumidifiers anywhere the structure is wet. For more severe damage, we may also remove drywall, flooring, and other material that is beyond repair.



After ensuring your property is dry, we will work with you to restore it to its pre-damage condition and return your belongings to get you BACK TO NORMAL.



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