Blog Use Rain Gutter Guards to Avoid the Dangers of a Flooded Basement September 20, 2014August 10, 2017Jeremy KelseyGutter-Related Health & Safety, Uncategorized Like a car, your home is a complex system with multiple components that work together to perform a certain task. When any one of these components is neglected or broken, over the long term your home will not be able to do its job – protecting you and your family from the elements. Take the gutters, for example. When a rain gutter system becomes clogged with debris and overflow, the water can end up in a very unwelcome place: the basement. A basement can flood at any time. Basement flooding can result from clogged gutters, a severe storm or even loss of power that causes a sump pump to stop working. Homeowners who find their basements under water must exercise extreme caution. Don’t go in the basement if it has flooded and you still have power. Underwater outlets and wiring pose a serious electrocution hazard. Call the appropriate utilities to have the electricity and gas turned off. Contact your insurance company to determine whether professional restoration service is covered. Begin drying out a flooded basement as soon as possible. If you don’t have a sump pump or need a more powerful one, they can be purchased at home improvement stores or rented from a rental center. If several feet of water is sitting in your basement, call a professional with the equipment to remove the water quickly and safely. After standing water has been removed, open basement windows and run fans to keep air circulating as much as possible. This decreases the possibility of harmful mold growth. In a finished basement, drywall, wall studs, insulation, paneling, carpeting and padding must be thoroughly dried to prevent the growth of mold. This may require professional assistance. If flooding has affected a furnace, water heater or other appliances, have appropriate professionals inspect them before turning on. Experts advise one of the simplest and most effective ways to protect your home from basement flooding is to keep gutters clear and downspouts extended away from the foundation. If your home is not equipped with gutters, install them. Rain gutter guards do an excellent job of protecting a gutter system against clogs of all sorts, and Gutter Helmet® is a proven gutter guard brand that has been engineered to last a lifetime. Avoid the headaches of gutter cleaning and possible basement flooding; find a Gutter Helmet dealer near you today by calling 800-824-3772.