Upon learning that their basement is flooded, many homeowners may be tempted to quickly rush into their basement in an attempt to get rid of the water as quickly as possible. This can be very dangerous due to the fact that there could be exposed electric wires and chords under the water that has flooded your house. Safety comes first! So it is very important that the first thing you do when your basement is flooded is to disconnect your homes main electrical switch or have a professional do it for you.
Once it is safe to enter your basement, your next priority should be getting your basement dry as soon as possible. Begin by removing the vast majority of water in your basement using a Wet-Dry vacuum and then set up multiple dehumidifiers and fans to quickly dry out your basement. Drying your basement as quickly as possible is critical because mold can begin to grow the longer water and moisture is in your basement. Completely drying your entire basement can take up to one to two weeks; be patient, proactive, and thorough to lower the likelihood of mold formation.