Act fast with a flooded basement

Flooded basement

Flooded basements have become another problem for many homeowners.

The forecast calls for rain well into the weekend and Servpro of Quincy has already been working around the clock cleaning basements with water damage.

Many homeowners don't know they have water damage and by the the time they find out, it's sometimes too late.

The business recommends that if you suspect your basement might flood, relocate items you wouldn't want damaged.

If you have sump pump, make sure it's working properly.

Some homeowners have been waiting to clean up their flooded basements until the rain subsides.

The local business recommends to take action immediately, to avoid costly damage.

"The water can wick up into the walls if they've got a finished basement and there's wallboard down there, even the wood. It's going to wick up into the wall, and mold growth can start after seventy two hours. Those folks who are waiting stand a chance of getting significant mold damage," Brian Skinner of Servpro said.

A National Weather Service hydrologist says some towns along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers may see river readings 10 feet above flood stage.

Story by KHQA reporter Meghan Townley.