Aside from a major fire, a flooded basement is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Not only is water damage cleanup an expensive and complicated process, but basement flooding can lead to further problems with a home’s structure and foundation.
As with most major threats to a home, the old saying holds that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So while a flooded basement can still strike unexpectedly, it pays to take steps to protect your home. Steam Clean Express is fully insured and bonded and only uses certified technicians to do any flood restoration. We are locally owned & operated, and have been doing business in Red Deer for 25 years.
Below, they offer a few handy tips to help you avoid having to deal with a flooded basement.
7 Tips to Avoid a Flooded Basement
7 Tips To Prevent A Flooded Basement
Your gutters should direct water away from your home’s foundation and into drainage pathways. It’s a good idea to clean your gutters thoroughly after autumn leaves have finished falling and make sure downspouts extend at least three feet away from your home.
Downspouts should direct rainwater into drainage pathways and away from your home. Walk around your home during a heavy rainstorm and look for any pooling or signs of poor drainage.
Inspect both the interior and exterior of your foundation for signs of cracking or water flow. You may be able to address some cracks yourself with epoxy or masonry sealer to keep water out of your basement.
A backed-up or failing septic system is a flood disaster waiting to happen, so always have septic tanks regularly drained and inspected.
Like any other appliance, sump pumps can break from wear and tear. To prevent a flooded basement, have sump pumps inspected periodically, and consider installing a backup to prevent emergency situations.
Consider installing an emergency generator or a sump pump with a battery backup to keep your drainage systems operating and avoid a flooded basement during storm-related power outages.
Know Who To Call
Make sure you know how to get help when something goes wrong. Emergency water damage services like those provided by Steam Clean Express can help limit the harm of a flooded basement if disaster does strike and avoid the need for a more expensive and extensive water damage cleanup.
To ensure all carpets are cleaned to an optimum, Steam Clean Express use only truck-mounted steam cleaning systems operated by certified carpet cleaning technicians. We also employ the following 3 step cleaning procedure: First, we prespray all carpets & chairs with a high quality cleaning solution, we then Steam Clean the carpets & chairs with fresh soft water (temperature range 210-230 F), and finally we apply fiber rinse neutralizer which helps keep the soil build-up to a minimum. Less soil buildup means better looking carpets and less carpet wear. Please note we have just purchased a new truck mounted cleaning system. State of the art technology offers more heat for the cleaning water, and greater suction, which equates to better over-all cleaning and drying time.
Steam Clean Express has recently been declared 1st runner up in the Red Deer Reader’s Choice awards for “Best Carpet Cleaner” 2014. We have been the winner or 1st runner up in the Red Deer Reader’s Choice awards for favorite carpet cleaner for the last 14 years in a row.