A Cleveland basement flood that turned dangerous!

Posted by Matt Buchanan

Often times we talk about the dangers of flooding and the emergency nature of water intrusions in your home. Some may read our warnings and think it’s simply a scare tactic to get them to call us for help cleaning up their flooding damage. But the reality is that any time a massive amount of water is coming into your home, there is the potential for things to go very wrong.

If you follow this link you’ll see a firsthand account from one Cleveland couple that experienced the wrath of basement flooding over the past weekend. As the video shows, the water intrusion was so great that the entire basement wall gave way and collapsed.

flooded-basement-electrical-hazardsMost people’s initial reaction to discovering their basement is taking on water is to try and stop the flooding or at least try and suck up as much of the water as possible. While trying to mitigate the damage is a noble cause, the reality is that sometimes it should never be attempted. Not only can there be a risk of electrocution if there are live wires that may be in the path of the water, but as the video above reveals, there can also be other dangers.

Luckily for the couple involved, no one was injured. But had they been close to the wall that might not have been the case. If you find yourself dealing with flooding in your basement, please make sure you stay safe. The absolute best thing you can do is call an experience water damage restoration company so that a certified technician can properly assess your loss and make recommendations on getting it fixed. In some cases, it may be determined that the initial hazards are too great and that the safest course of action is to let the water exit the premises on its own. But without an experienced eye surveying the scene, it’s impossible for you to know the best course of action.

Are you concerned about your safety? Call us for emergency basement water cleanup services throughout the greater Northern Ohio area. We specialize in offering customers rapid basement flood mitigation services. We have a variety of truck-mounted extraction and drying systems that make recovering from flooding damage much faster than you might imagine. If you’ve suffered a flooded basement, we would appreciate the opportunity to assist you in the recovery process. Not only can we perform the actual work to remove the water and any debris, as well as dry out the structure, but we can also help you find temporary housing, work with your insurer through the claims process, as well as provide additional resources that are available to you after a natural disaster.

About Matt Buchanan

I grew up in Irving, TX and left for Nashville, TN for college. After college I lived in Washington, DC and then in Cairo, Egypt. After coming back to the states, I spent a couple of years back in Dallas before moving with my wife to Denver!
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