Winter and spring bring problematic flooding in Cincinnati. The confluence of the Little Miami, Licking, and other rivers into the Ohio River create flooding throughout the Ohio Valley.
The urban spread starting in the valley by the river is named for the city of seven hills. However, we don’t all live on those hills. Additionally, the spread of suburban sprawl and parking lots have created water collection problems that didn’t exist as the city was being settled generations ago.
Basement flooding is all too common in the winter and spring, when snow pack, snow melt, and spring rains combine to back water into many Cincinnati basements.
Summer storms with their torrential rain create backups in urban spaces where the storm runoff is too great for the infrastructure, some of which is more than 100 years old.
Call for Help When Your Basement Floods
So when the inevitable happens, and water backs up into your Cincinnati basement, what should you do?
Well, first, determine whose problem it really is. That is to say, what caused the problem? In some cases, the backup is caused by stormwater drainage problems. In that case, Cincinnati takes responsibility. You should call the city. Here is their website: http://www.msdgc.org/about_msd/stormwater/index.html
How do you know that it is stormwater backup?
First, examine when it happens. If it happens only when it is storming, then it is likely stormwater backup.
Second, look closely at the water. If the water contains debris like leaves and sticks, it is likely stormwater.
Third, smell the water (which you should likely do just by being in the space with the water – no need to get too close.) If the water smells like rain or earth, it’s likely stormwater.
If instead, the water backs up into your house at unusual or unpredictable times, and instead of leaves and sticks it has toilet paper and a strong odor of urine or feces, it is sewage and not rainwater.
What if it is sewage backup?
If your observations make clear that the backup is sewage, you should call Cincinnati MSD, the metropolitan sewer district, at (513) 352-4900. Their number is on the front page of their website, along with a lot of other useful information here: http://www.msdgc.org/
Whether it is stormwater or sewage, you should take appropriate measures to remove your stuff from the water. If it is sewage, you might choose only to try and rescue the most valued possessions. If it is rainwater you might try to rescue all of those things that can be easily dried.
Either way, you will need professional restoration services, the kind provided by Dry Patrol. Hiring experts to do the restoration makes sure that water and sewage are fully and safely cleaned up, to prevent the possibility of mold and mildew creating new problems over time.
Dry Patrol’s professional cleaning services will give you the peace of mind that you can use that space again safely and free from odor and damage.
Fast, responsive services are available 24 hours a day.