Tips for Dealing with Flooded Basements

If you have experienced flooding in your basement, shut off power to the basement. Never enter a flooded area while the power is on. Circuit breakers are usually in a convenient location, like a garage. Call a qualified electrician before entering the flooded room if you aren’t sure how to shut these areas off.

Find a way to remove or pump water out of the basement. Depending on the amount of water, you can use a sump pump, a pool pump, a wet/dry vacuum, or a mop and bucket. Wear boots and gloves for protection. Ensure floor drains are not blocked.

Once you have removed the water, dry out the area. Use dehumidifiers and fans to move air around, and discourage the growth of mold and mildew. Keep dehumidifiers at least six to eight inches away from walls for the best circulation.

Addition clean up tips, information on managing risks, and making insurance claims are available on the province’s website:

Updated: December 1, 2021