You wake up to the sound of rushing water, but you live in the middle of Ellicott City. The nearest river is the Patapsco, and it’s not known for flooding. The largest bodies of water near to you are in Centennial Park and at Wilde Lake.
As you stumble down the stairs, through your kitchen, and over to your basement door, the noise of rushing water grows louder. A small spark lights in your chest. What if the basement is flooding? You push the basement door open and flick the lightswitch.
At that very moment, you see water rush against the platform at the bottom of the stairs. It recedes. Then, it returns stronger, flooding the platform and slowly crawling up the stairs.
You think to yourself, “Now what?”
If you’ve experienced something similar to this, you know that basement waterproofing is a huge benefit to your home. If you’re fortunate enough to not have dealt with a flooded basement, you need not wait to experience this devastating event to waterproof your basement.
You Ought To Know A Flooded Basement Is Dangerous
A flooded basement may not seem dangerous, but the fact that water is where it should not be warrants concern. Water is a wonderful liquid, but it can also be dangerous to you and your family. Here’s how:
#1 – Water May Electrocute You
If the water in your flooded basement is in contact with a live wire, you may get electrocuted by simply touching the water. This is a huge risk because the amount of electricity can vary from potential death to a small shock from sticking your tongue against one end of a 12 volt battery. Be wary of wading into the water to save your things. It’s not the best first move, but it would be advantageous to turn off all power before doing so.
#2 – Water Can Be Dirty
In some cases, a flooded basement is the combination of a sewage backup, burst pipe, and stormwater. Depending on where the water originated from, you will want to wear gloves, waders, and boots to navigate the basement. Bacteria is abundant in sewage water, and you do not want to expose yourself or your family to it.
#3 – Water Can Hide Sharp Objects
As innocent as water may look, it can hide sharp objects that can physically harm you. People have been known to drown in as little as three inches of water. The same amount of water can hide a busted pipe that can cut or lacerate your skin and cause a devastating injury. If you must step into the water, take some kind of probe or rod with you to clear your path before moving forward with each step.
Accurate Builders of the Chesapeake Serve Ellicott City
With all the news of Ellicott City flooding recently due to the “granite bowl” it exists in—granted, the location of Ellicott City was advantageous to mills back in the day — it is now the victim of water runoff and floods during the wet season.
It’s imperative that if you want to keep your basement dry that you waterproof it before the rain comes. At Accurate Builders of the Chesapeake, we offer turnkey basement waterproofing services to homeowners and businesses in the area so that you can keep your home or building safe from potential water damage in the future. Schedule your consultation today!