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In the event of basement flooding in Ottawa, keep the words “Safety First” in the forefront of your mind. Make sure you, your family members, and household pets are safe before taking any other action in the event your basement floods. Never go into a wet basement if you don’t know the conditions after a basement flooding in Ottawa – there is great danger going into a basement that has been flooded. Before even stepping foot in the flooded area, you must consider some of the following hazards and methods for avoiding them.
- Dangerous chemical exposure: When the basement floods there may be some dangerous contaminants in the water. You will also find this same danger arises when you are doing the basement clean up – some of the chemicals used for cleaning basements are incredibly toxic. The area will require adequate ventilation and you will want to make sure you take every effort to minimize the amount of exposure you must any potential contaminants.
- Damage to the structure of the building: Flooding can weaken some of the walls, ceilings, and other structural elements, thereby making the basement area damaged through water/sewage exposure unsafe. Do not enter an area where the integrity of the structure is questionable. It is time to call in the professionals.
- Shock: Electrical shock is very possible when a basement floods. You should not enter the area until you are certain that you are safe to do so. The power should be shut off that is going into home – you must do this at the main breaker. Once switched off, if no power is going into the basement, you should be safe to enter.
- Electrical Shock: When you have a wet basement, you may be in real danger of an electrical shock. If you are absolutely sure that you can do so safely, use the main breaker switches to turn off the power in your home.
- Leaking gas: If you smell gas leaking, you should leave the premises immediately and contact the provider that supplies you with gas immediately so they can turn off the supply.
- Toxins and Pollutants– Backed up sewage is toxic and a hazard to human health because it contains bacteria capable of transmitting diseases to humans. The water flooding your basement might originate the sewer system containing polluted raw sewage content. When dealing with the water that has flooded your basement it is best if you wear a face mask, some protective glasses or googles and gloves. Anything that meets the sewage also needs to be cleaned.
Additional Safety Measures to Take
Make a phone call to your local plumber – don’t delay! Also, have the insurance company’s number on hand to call – you might have to file a claim to recover that is lost in the flooded waters now submerging your basement. Call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services and you can be sure that they are going to be there to take care of your basement flooding in Ottawa problem.