Flooded House Clean-up in St. Louis

BASEMENT AND HOUSE FLOODS

There are several reasons why homes and basements can flood. It could be after days of torrential rain, leaking or burst water pipes, a broken dishwasher or a washing machine hose.  Depending on the severity of the cause, the extent of the results can range from minor wipe-ups to extensive water damage.

St. Louis is known to have weather where it rains for days on end. This can result in not only leaks, but actual flooding in the basement and home. When the ground surrounding your home is saturated, there is no place for the water to go but inside. 

Most of the time, flooding is unexpected and happens quickly. The most common areas that flood in a home are the basement, bathroom and, kitchen.  Most floods in a home are preventable.  Here are the top common causes of flooding in homes.

  • Broken pipes
  • Poor Drainage
  • Clogged Gutters
  • Malfunctioning Appliances
  • Damaged Foundation
  • Weather

Scheduling yearly inspections for hoses, pipes, roofs, and foundations are important to help prevent major flooding in your home.  A proactive approach to the maintenance of your home will save money and time.

Water Damage

Water damage is a problem that most property owners dread. When it rains heavily or snow melts quickly, the risk of this type of damage increases. Water can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to carpet and flooring, furniture, upholstery, electronics, household appliances, and plumbing equipment.

When water infiltrates a wall structure, it will degrade many building materials, some worse than others. Water build-up on wall insulation may also reduce the quality of the insulation.

Water damage also increases the risk of mold growth, which can compound the remediation effort. Mold growth in buildings always occurs because of unaddressed moisture problems.

 St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration has decades of experience cleaning homes devastated by excess water and floods. We offer 24-hour emergency service to address these critical time-dependent damages. St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration will work with your

Health Hazards Caused by Water Damage


Water damage has three category levels depending on how polluted the water source was that caused the damage.

    • Category 1: Water from a clean water source, like a fresh water line for a dishwasher. This water will not cause illness or any ill effects.
      • Category 2: Water that may cause illness through contact. It may have bacteria in it.
        • Category 3: Water that is highly contaminated. Contact can cause severe illness or death. This can be caused by sewage backup, an overflowing toilet, or storm waters.

        It’s important to note that just because the water starts as a Category 1 doesn’t mean it stays that way. If the clean water is combined with a dirty carpet or soil from the ground, it can change to a Category to 2 or Category 3. And since standing water breeds bacteria, the longer the water is around, the worse the contamination of your property.

        If you have water standing or leaking inside your home, it is important to contact St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration as soon as possible. Moisture promotes the growth of mold and other organisms, increasing the risk of serious health problems. Mold exposure may aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms, especially in children and people with compromised immune systems. Exposure may also increase the risk of respiratory diseases and other medical problems. Cleaning up immediately can help mitigate the health effects of water damage on everyone in a home or commercial space.

        Protecting Your Home from Water Damage

        There are many proactive solutions you can implement to protect your home from water damage.  You can avoid water damage by performing some of these maintenance checks to your home.

        1. Resealing the basement: Water seepage is caused by cracks in the foundation. 
        1. Make sure water drains away from home. Rain flowing towards your home runs down the foundation wall. If there are any cracks, water will creep in.
        1. Install a backwater valve.  This allows sewage to go out, but not back in.
        1. Inspect appliance hoses yearly.  Make sure there are no leaks or cracks.

        1. Replace hoses every 5 to 7 years. Hoses don’t last forever. Replace them periodically. Check for wear and tear and mmediately replace any leaky hose or pipe. Paying attention to these details will save money in the long run.
        1. Know the location of the main water shut off valve in your home. Quickly shutting off the main water supply will help reduce the amount of water damage.

        1. Inspect the roof for missing or damaged shingles. Make any repairs if needed.
        1. Check sprinklers and irrigation systems. Make sure that the soil is not too dry.  Heavy rain will cause the soil around your home to expand. This adds pressure to foundation walls. Water soil to prevent it from contracting and expanding.

        1. Clean gutters and downspouts.  Keeping gutters clog-free will ensure good drainage.  Downspouts should be directed at least 5 feet or more away from your home. 
        1. Test your sump pump at least once a year. If yours isn’t working properly, your basement could flood, causing damage to carpet and drywall.
        1. Keep belongings stored off the floor in basements. Protect your items by storing them on shelves. Waterproof containers can also be used to keep your valuable items safe from water damage.
        1. Keep an up-to-date inventory of items in your home: A list of furniture, electronics, and other possessions is helpful during the insurance claims process.

        Is Your Home Properly Covered?

        Make sure you know what is covered in your homeowners' or renters’ insurance policy.  Different types of water damage may require additional insurance coverage.

        • Standard Policy: Covers burst pipes, wind-driven rain, damage from ice dams on the roof, and burst sprinklers.
        • Sewer/Drain Backups: Coverage for water damage from sewage requires adding a sewer backup rider to your policy.
        • Flood Insurance: Covers water damage from overflowing rivers and lakes, and coastal flooding. The National Flood Insurance Program provides affordable insurance to homeowners and businesses. You can also find out if your home is located in a flood zone.

        There are additional effective improvements that can be done to a home to decrease the cost of a homeowner’s insurance policy.


        Contact the Experts if You Have Flooding in Your St. Louis Home

        Hiring a water damage restoration company like St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration can make the cleanup process easier to handle. We employ experienced workers who know the best ways to repair or replace damaged items and help with water damage cleanup.

        When your property has been water damaged, you don’t have the luxury of waiting around for a convenient time to start the cleanup. Secondary damage from mold growth can present serious health risks associated with mold in the living environment. There is a 24 to 48-hour window from the time something inside gets wet until mold can begin to grow. After that time, mold will multiply rapidly.

        It’s also a good idea to contact your insurance company right away if there is water damage. Your insurance agent can start the claims process immediately. They can also guide you through the first steps you will need to take to protect your property from more damage.  For example, if your pipes burst, they would advise you to stop the source of water at the main water turn off.

        Howard Berner

        “Thank you for your prompt, professional, effective, and courteous service drying out my flooded basement, shampooing the rug, and replacing the carpet pad. You folks are great. Thanks again!”

        Abby Hahn

        “We had a water filter burst and flood our kitchen which also went down to our basement. St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration was on the scene immediately while their competitors told me they could not make it that day. The service was professional and personalized. a year later we had water come in our basement from a storm and again St Louis Cleaning and Restoration was there within an hour removing water, setting up drying equipment and making sure all was dry. I would highly recommend them.”

        Raymondy Erdey

        “St Louis Cleaning and Restoration was fast and friendly. They kept me informed throughout the cleanup process for my flooded basement.”