First steps to take when your home floods

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (KWCH) A flooded home or basement can be difficult to dry out. Recent heavy rain across south-central Kansas means many people are contacting restoration crews to help mitigate the damage.

Preston Stover with Stover's Restoration says the company started receiving calls as early as 4 a.m. Wednesday and it didn't slow down from there. One of those calls came from the Belle Plaine Elementary School which was forced to cancel classes due to flooding in the building.

Stover says they have crews as far as Hutchinson, Moundridge and Emporia dealing with similar flooding. He says there are a few things homeowners can do right away to make the cleanup process run smoothly.

Stover recommends contacting a plumber right away. He says restoration companies will likely be backed up and can't respond immediately. A plumber will be able to identify how water is getting into your home and help put a stop to it. He then recommends removing furniture and electronics from the flooded area and removing the carpet if you can.

Stover says homeowners should also try to do as much as they can on their own before a restoration team arrives. He says that will help speed things up and prevent future problems like mold.

"Mold is something to be worried about without mitigation. What I worry about more is people think that the water just stays in their basement and it doesn't affect the rest of their home. The longer that water sits there, the higher the humidity in the home gets. Then the first story of your home can be affected," said Stover.

Stover says a typical water mitigation job can take three to five days to dry out.