Emergency: What to Do if Your Basement Floods
Before you start cleaning up, make safety your number-one priority.
Your first instinct when discovering your basement has flooded may be to get the water out. But before you run your sump pump or plug in your wet vac, make safety your number-one priority.
Walking through a wet or flooded basement could put you at risk for electrocution. Before removing the water, follow these safety tips:
- Stay out of a flooded basement until the electricity is disconnected.
- Call your electricity provider or fire department to assist with disconnecting the power.
- Before turning the power back on, have a certified electrician check for damage.
Once you’ve completed these steps, choose a way to remove the water from your basement. Options include a heavy-duty industrial drying fan, dehumidifier and/or removing carpet from affected areas. If any of your property was extensively damaged, contact your MetLife Auto & Home® representative.