When your basement is flooded, it can create a lot of issues that need to be addressed immediately. You need to hire a general contractor to inspect the basement to determine what damage was done and what needs to be done to repair it and get it back into usable condition. Below is a guide for a few things that the contractor will inspect during the home inspection.

Structural Stability

The contractor will check the structural integrity of the walls and beams in your basement to ensure that they are as strong as they need to be. If the beams and drywall were exposed to large amounts of water for a long time, they could be very weak and need to be replaced.

Electrical Dangers

When electrical outlets are completely submerged in water, it creates a very dangerous situation. The contractor will know the safest way to evaluate the electrical components in your basement to ensure that you do not risk catching your home on fire, if you choose to use one of the outlets.

Flooded Furnace

Your furnace is more than likely stored in the basement of your home. When furnaces are flooded, they often need to be replaced. The contractor will be able to evaluate the furnace to see if it does in fact need to be replaced or if maintenance can be done to save it.

Mold and Mildew Growth

There are times when the basement can look as though no damage was done by the flooding, when really it was. Mold and mildew could be growing on the back side of your drywall without you even knowing it. The contractor will have the training and equipment needed to test to see if mold or mildew is growing on the walls of your basement. If it is, it will need to be removed right away.

Home inspections take very little time to complete. They allow you to rest assured that the basement is safe and that no repairs need to be made. If the contractor determines that any damage needs to be repaired, he or she can give you an estimate for the work that needs to be done on the spot. This will allow you to assess the cost to have the repairs done right away so that you can start planning immediately. This will give you peace of mind that you are doing everything within your control to remedy the situation and provide a safe environment for your family.

For more information, contact Thompson Valley Disaster Kleenup or a similar company.