No homeowner wants to deal with flooding, but the problem can be particularly difficult if it occurs in the basement. A flooded basement is the ideal habitat for mold and mildew, which can cause allergic reactions and can be very expensive to remove. Electrical wiring is sometimes exposed in older basements, which can pose a safety hazard in the event of a flood. Contact your Arlington plumber today and schedule a full-home plumbing inspection to protect yourself against the following dangers of basement flooding.
Basements are naturally dark, damp places, which mean they offer ideal growing conditions for mold. Even one inch of water is enough to stimulate mold growth in a flooded basement . Mold spores can irritate eyes, nose, skin, and airways, especially in persons with mold allergies. If water is flooding your basement, first contact a plumber to stop the water and repair the leak before hiring a mold remediation company to remove mold from your basement.
It is not uncommon to see exposed wiring in older basements. Unfortunately, electrical wiring and standing water don’t mix. If the water level in your basement reaches any of these exposed wires, the water itself can become electrically charged. To protect yourself and your plumber from being electrocuted, turn off your home’s power before descending into a flooded basement.
Basement flooding can also affect the structural integrity of your home or building. Wood support beams can become soggy and rotten once they are under water. Even the concrete or cement retaining walls around your basement can soak up water and become less stable as a result.
In the event of a plumbing emergency such as flooded basement, call All Plumbing, Inc. Our plumbers provide emergency plumbing repairs for residential and commercial clients in Arlington and the Northern Virginia area. We also offer plumbing inspections that can help us identify plumbing problems before they result in basement flooding. Call us at (703) 525-7973 to learn more about our plumbing services.