As a plumber who’s been in business for more than 30 years, we’ve seen our share of flooded basements. The important thing is not to panic.

Whether you had frozen pipes that burst, a sump pump failure or other plumbing mishap, a flooded basement is serious business. Here is a list of things to do if you have a flooded basement, including calling a plumber.

  1. Shut off the Water. If possible, shut off the source of the water and stop the flood waters from rising. This may involve turning off the water at the water main in your home, so be sure you know where this is and how to do it before disaster strikes.
  2. Check out the Damage From a Distance. Like from the stairs, well above the water. Don’t walk through the water. First, there is a legitimate chance of electrocution. If the power is turned off, you can walk through the water, but wear boots and gloves, because there may be bacteria in the water, especially if there was a sewage backup.
  3. Call a Plumber Immediately. Make sure you have Coldwright Plumbing in your contacts. During office hours, call 410-679-8487. You call also call our cell number, 443-787-9844. We’ll respond quickly to stop the flooding and fix the problem that caused it.
  4. Call Your Insurance Company. The sooner you call them, the better. Depending on the cause of the flooding and the damage caused, your individual homeowner’s policy may cover replacement of damaged property, repairs and more, or it may not cover anything. Take pictures of the damage and keep all of your receipts for any emergency repairs or purchases.
  5. Prepare for the Future. This may involve upgrading your plumbing system, installing a sump pump, installing a basement drain, or making upgrades to the foundation’s drainage system. We may make recommendations when we come to your home or business, based on what we see.

If you need a plumber in Harford County or Baltimore County, call Coldwright Plumbing at 410-679-8487 today. We serve both residential and commercial clients.

What to Do If You Have a Flooded Basement
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