A flooded basement, crawl space, or room in your home is a massive problem! It is important to get help right away. The right flood damage cleanup team will be available all hours of the day to help. In addition, we will get right to work on extracting and drying the problem area. Also, your belongings effected will be salvaged if possible.
What Can Cause Flood Damage?
Several things can cause minor to extremely serious water leaks in a property, including:
- Clogged or overflowing toilets
- Accumulation of moisture behind walls or under some types of flooring
- Pipes and/or hoses that break inside walls or out in the yard
- Cracks in walls and building foundations
- Roof leaks that are not attended to quickly
- Plumbing leaks that are ignored
How Our Team Can Assist You with Flood Damage Cleanup
If your home’s basement has flooded and caused damage, our experienced team of professionals will be able to assist you in several different ways:
- We will use professionally designed and formulated products to assist with cleanup and water remediation
- All excess water will be removed as quickly and efficiently as possible. All without causing any further structural damage. This will also prevent any further property damage.
- Dehumidifiers will be placed in your basement and throughout your home. As a result, it will help to move air around and prevent mold.
- After our team has removed excess water and moisture, they will start cleaning, treating and fully sanitizing your basement. All of this is done with a highly effective antimicrobial product. In fact, it will prevent black mold
- Our team will work with you every step of the way. In addition, we will assist you in dealing with your insurance company. As a result, any claims for damages and losses will be processed quickly and smoothly.
Certified Flood Damage Cleanup Experts
Our flood damage restoration company has IICRC trained and certified experts who understand how to deal with flood cleanup emergencies. Therefore we can be on-site within one hour of your initial call. Our water damage experts crews will also advise you on how to minimize the flood damage until our crew arrives.
What does Water Mitigation and Flood Damage Cleanup Involve?
Water mitigation involves reducing and/or preventing the amount of water-related damage that occurs after a property has been exposed to excessive amounts of water. When you contact us promptly, our team is able to take fast action to prevent further damage from occurring in and around your home.
If your home or commercial building has suffered from any kind of water damage due to a busted pipe, our water damage team in Troy can help. Complete Detail is an honest and reliable company to choose when dealing with such a serious issue. We specialize in water damage cleanup and other water-related disasters. If you are experiencing any water damage issues, call us at (937) 507-2927. We will be there right away!
Tips for Staying Safe
- Do not enter standing water in your basement. For example, if any live power may be running it could cause serious damage.
- If the weather permits, open your home’s windows and doors.
- Do not turn on any electrical items or appliances in your basement until it professionals say its safe.
Will Insurance Cover a Flood?
Typically, no. Standard homeowners insurance won’t cover flood damage. Some policies will cover damage from rain, however if your home is filled with water because of rising water in your area, you won’t be covered. There is a way to purchase flood insurance however. You can purchase flood insurance through an insurance agent or an insurer participating in the NFIP. This is a good idea even if you do not live in a high risk zone. Why? According to FEMA, “more than 20 percent of flood claims come from properties outside the high risk flood zone.” Protect yourself and your property and call your insurance agent today.
No Flood Insurance? Here Are Your Options:
It comes down to two basic options if you find yourself in a situation where your home is flooded but you didn’t buy flood insurance. You can apply for a low interest loan through the SBA or apply for a disaster grant through FEMA. Lets get a little more information on each option.
Low-interest Loan Through the SBA that you eventually need to pay back
This is a loan (that you eventually need to pay back, just to be clear) to provide relief if your home was damaged by flooding. However, you need to prove the damage isn’t covered by your current insurance. Loan payment terms last up to 30 years.
A FEMA Disaster Grant
First, in order to qualify for this grant, you need to live in an area that is federally recognized as a disaster area. This grant will provide relief for those without flood insurance and help those who have flood insurance pay for any related expenses not covered under their current insurance policy. If you receive the grant and are uninsured, you won’t have to pay the money back. However, if you do have insurance, you are required to pay the money back. The limit caps off at $33,000, but most receive around $5,000.
Steps to Prevent Basement Flooding
It takes work to own a home, as you well know. Problems such as flooding, or mold are bound to happen at some point. However, there are steps you can take BEFORE a problem arises to protect your home. This is especially true when it comes to prevention of basement flooding. A little thought and preparation can go a very long way. Take into consideration the following tips and see if they are steps you can take to prevent a wet basement in the future.
Clean and Maintain Gutters and Downspouts
The two main factors involved include keeping gutters cleaned out and free of leaves or any other debris and making sure they are positioned properly. In other words, make sure any downspout is facing away from your home to ensure water flows away and doesn’t pool around your foundation. If you choose to clean your gutters yourself, make sure to do so in a safe manner.
Check for Uneven Ground or Landscaping around your Home
If you see the slope of your yard is directing water toward your foundation, that is a big problem. Every time it rains, you risk water seeping into your basement. To fix this issue you may install a French drain or even call a professional landscaper to slope landscaping away from your home.
Inspect for and Repair Any and All Foundation Cracks
A cracking foundation is a sure way for water to find a way in and flood your basement. Therefore, regularly inspect for cracks, if you find some, fill it with epoxy.
Perform Regular Sump Pump Maintenance and Inspection
Sump pump failure is the most common cause of basement floods. Make sure to check your sump pump is working properly on a regular basis. This is especially important right before a big storm. Another silly mistake to avoid is not plugging in your sump pump at all. Beware of making small mistakes that lead to big problems!
Install Window Well Covers
This is another simple step to take in order to protect your basement from flooding. Homes that have windows in their below grade basements always need protection. Make sure to fasten the covers securely over basement windows and latch it to your home’s foundation. This is a great step that works wonders in waterproofing a basement yourself.
How Much Does Flood Damage Cleanup Cost?
Every flooding situation is different. Usually though, a water cleanup company will charge by how many square feet of water needs cleaned up. Therefore, it can range from $3.75 to $7.00 per square foot. Depending on the size of the area needing cleaned, the amount of water, and the damage done, repairs will be anywhere $450 to $7,000, depending on the type of damage. We have water damage experts who are ready to help you with the process!
Complete Detail has trained technicians that are on call day and night give us a call at 937-507-2927 we will be there to help. Feel free to visit our Contact Us page to make an appointment.