Unfinished Business – 5 Ways to Organize Your Basement to Prevent Flood Damage
Whether you use your finished or unfinished basement as a family room or utilize the space for storage needs, 911 Restoration offers 5 way to organize the area to prevent flood damage:
1. ) Take Inventory of the Items in your Basement
Make a list in which you take inventory of all the items in your basement, including plumbing, available lighting, and electrical outlets. Label the main water shutoff valves so you can easily turn them off in case of a pipe burst or frozen pipe. Take note of important belongings and discard any items you don’t need in the garbage. This is also a great time to donate clothing, electronics, and other unwanted items to Goodwill or another donation center.
2.) Store and Label Valuables to Protect Them
Home basements are often cold and damp areas so we recommend using large, transparent, plastic storage bins to protect your valuables from moisture and potential mold growth. If possible, don’t fill the bins with too much stuff so you can move them to higher ground in case of a flood emergency. Also, label the bins so you can easily locate important items during a disaster.
3.) Install a Dehumidifier in your Basement
Installing a dehumidifier to control the climate in your basement is a great way to eliminate moisture damage to items stored down below. If your basement floor or belongings suffer water damage as a result of a flood, water heater leak or washer burst, having this important equipment around to remove moisture from the environment can help avoid a potential mildew or mold infestation. Don’t forget to partake in a little Spring Cleaning as well to remove any mold spores that might have already formed in the hard-to-reach areas of your basement.
4.) Utilize Your Basement Roof, Walls and Ceilings
Items that you consider valuable about should be stored at least a foot off the floor to avoid flood damage from rising water in your basement. Hang light items from the roof and ceilings, and utilize shelve and cabinet space on the walls as well. Feel free to get creative, like taping a flashlight to the wall next to your electrical fuse box so you can easily find it during an emergency.
5.) Secure and Clear Space around Important Appliances
Important home appliances like water heaters, furnaces, and washers and dryers are often located in the basement so it is essential that these items be secured to the wall in case of a disaster like a flood or earthquake. Also, clear space around these appliances to avoid water damage after an equipment malfunction or leak. This will also allow easy access for any water damage restoration professionals you call to service the units.
For homeowners that live in areas of the country prone to flooding we highly recommend installing a sump pump in your basement as well. If you’re still need of restoration help after a flood or other emergency in your home, pick up the phone and call us today!