You never know when a pipe could burst or a bad storm can hit and unexpectedly turn your basement into a swimming pool. The damage caused by a basement flood can be devastating and damaging to your home and wallet. The stress of seeing your home filled with water can be overwhelming and it can be tough to know where to start the cleanup process.
It’s likely that you will lose some of your property due to a flooded basement, but that’s no reason to believe that it can’t be properly cleaned up and repaired. The possibility of mold is the largest threat to homeowners dealing with the aftermath of a flood. Damp floors and walls can quickly become breeding grounds for mold spores and mildew.
If you have a flooded basement it’s a good idea to call in the experts like the pros at ASAP Restoration to help you with the cleanup process. If you aren’t sure where to start, let’s take a look at some of the steps you should take after your basement is flooded with water.
Do NOT Enter
Your instinct might be to jump right in and start cleaning up, but safety should be your first priority. Appliances that are plugged in and debris can be hazardous and the situation needs to be cleared before you head down the stairs. Turn off all of the power to your home first and then call your electrician to come and do an evaluation and inspection.
The first step after you have made sure that the area is safe is to start to remove the standing water. Depending on the amount of water this can be a lengthy process. If you have a lot of water it’s likely that your sump pump is not working or is burnt out so you will need to bring in a new one to do the job. Portable water pumps and hoses can also help.
If you have a shop vacuum that can be used on liquids it’s a great tool to help you clean up. Get out mops, buckets, and towels and clean up as much water as you possibly can.
Remove All Items
Carpets and under-padding will all need to be ripped up and removed. In some cases, your carpets might be saved but the padding should be replaced as it will act as a sponge for water and bacteria. Remove all of your furniture, appliances, electronics, storage items and boxes and get them out into the fresh air to start drying out.
Dry It Up
Once all of the water from the rainstorm is removed it is time to start the drying process. When there is standing water in any area, the moisture can get into every crack and be absorbed by a variety of materials. You will need to bring in industrial fans, blowers, and a dehumidifier to do the job. Leave your doors and windows open to help move the air around for a few days.
Once the area is completely dry you can start cleaning. Standing water can have bacteria and debris in it that can be very harmful. It’s important to clean every surface with soap and bleach solution. You may even want to bring in an air purifier that is equipped with a special Hepa filter to suck any mold spores out of the air.
When your basement floods it can be a real mess physically, financially and emotionally. Follow these steps to get you back on the road to restoration while keeping the safety and the health of your family as a priority.