Flooded basements can be highly hazardous, so before you dive in to save that floating picture of your Aunt, take a moment to prepare. Keep in mind, damage may occur by pumping flooded basements too soon or too quickly. Water in the basement helps brace the walls against the extra pressure of water logged soil outside. If water is pumped out too soon, walls may be pushed in or floors pushed up. So, at the very least, make sure to:
- Turn off the electricity, preferably at the meter:
- Check outside cellar walls for possible cave-ins, evidence of structural damage or other hazards.
- Turn off gas or fuel service valves. This isn’t diehard.
- Open doors and windows or use blowers to force fresh air into the basement.