These days it is hard to predict rain and take adequate precautions. Cities like Chennai receive unexpected rainfall and floods easily. In today’s rapid shift to city life and urban living, a large number of people live in apartment complexes and townships. These complexes use basement parking to save space. Basements are prone to flooding if not constructed properly. In this article, we’ll look at how to prevent or handle vehicles in a flooded basement.
How to prevent your basement from flooding
It is always better to foresee an unfortunate situation and prevent it.
First, we’ll take a look at how a basement parking lot is constructed.
The lowest point in the basement is known as the sump point, where the water accumulates in the inclined flooring. The sump has the most maximum facilities for drainage. Like, provision to drain collected water prevents flooding. Some buildings use sump pumps which will pump out the water from flooded basements.
- If you are expecting heavy rainfall, move your vehicles to the raised ground or parking areas. Also, request the maintenance staff to keep warning signs at the entrance of the parking lots.
- If your parking lot does not have enough drainage facilities, you may have to think about alternative methods to drain the accumulated water.
- Check the drains. The entry could be clogged with debris and dirt. Clearing them often will help in a constant flow in draining the water faster.
What to do if your basement gets flooded
Cut the power supply
Before you enter the flooded area, shut off all power sources in and around the flooded basement. Sources include the main electricity line, generators, etc. Also, make sure you wear rubber gloves and boots when you step into the water. The chances of getting electrocuted are very high.
2. Move the car outside
Find out the level of water in the basement. If it is safe to work in the area, your next step will be to move the vehicle elsewhere. However, do not start your car, this will cause severe internal damage. Push your car to a safe zone. Call an experienced service provider or mechanic to inspect the damage.
3. Check the interiors
Check the interior for flood water or damages. The water will damage seats and electronic equipment easily. Remove the carpets on the floor and dry the entire cabin with dry clothes or a dryer.
4. Check Oil and Fluids
Check the engine oil level. If the engine oil level is high or you find water content on the dipstick, don’t start your vehicle. You will have to clean and replace the oil. All fluids like Brake fluid, clutch, power steering and coolant reservoirs should be inspected for contamination. Call a service station and tow your vehicle to the destination.
5. Check electricals and brakes
Check all the electrical systems in the vehicle. Make sure the headlight, interior lighting, and air conditioning are working properly.
Also, check the brake disk or pads for debris or contaminants that might affect its performance.
6. Contact Insurance Provider
Contact your vehicle insurance provider as soon as possible. It is always better to start with the insurance procedure early. They will be busy with claims later on.
It is always safe to Contact an expert service provider or mechanic such as Pitstop to help you handle the situation. Pitstop mechanics will assist you as to exactly what has to be done without causing further damage to your car. Check out our website here or download our app.