Flood water flowing into your basement can destroy irreplaceable items such as family heirlooms and old photos.
Here are five quick preparations that will help you save your valuables from basement water damage.
1. Take Irreplaceable Items Out of Your Basement
When flood water enters a home, water can rise very quickly. We have been called onto jobs where water went from a few inches to several feet before the homeowner could react. Items that are important to you, cannot be replaced and are moveable should be brought to higher ground.
2. Roll Up Area Rugs
If you have area rugs in your basement, roll them up and store them off the floor. If you cannot store the rug in another part of your home, use two folding chairs as legs to hold up the carpet.
3. Replace Cardboard Boxes with Plastic Bins
Cardboard boxes will be quickly compromised if water enter the basement. Place your stored items in plastic bins.
4. Use 2x4s or 4x4s to make a temporary platform
Place boxes and other items on top of wood planks made of 2-inch by 4-inch or 4-inch by 4-inch lumber. This could be just enough lift to save your valuables if only a small amount of water enters your basement.
5. Remove Electrical Hazards
Extension cords on your floor can cause a serious electrical problem if water enters your basement. Prop cords off the floor. Use electrical ties or tape to keep cords securely raised. Unplug unnecessary wires including televisions, stereos, washing machines, dryers, etc.
DO NOT ENTER YOUR BASEMENT IF THE WATER LEVEL IS ABOVE THE WALL OUTLETS!