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What to do if your Basement Floods?
If your basement has recently flooded due to high rainfall, sewage back up or any other number of reasons you should take the appropriate steps to make sure the area is cleaned up appropriately. If a flooded basement is not cleaned properly this can result in even further damage to your property, which is the last thing you need after a disaster strikes.
Getting the Water Out
The first thing that people want to do after flooding is get the water out of their home. While this is understandable, the water should not be pumped out of the home unless water levels outside have gone down. Pumping the water out of the home before water levels have resided can create an increase of pressure on the foundation of the home resulting in additional structural damage.
After water levels have gone down outside, or if there is no sitting water outside of the home you can begin the process of getting rid of unwanted water. Some basements have drains and sewage systems that will begin to get rid of the water on their own. If your basement does not have a draining system or if it is not working properly then the use of a sump pump is needed. When using a sump pump you should make sure it is kept in a dry area. Do not use an electric sump pump if the electric panel has been flooded. If you use a gas sump pump it is important to make sure that the exhaust is being vented outside of the home. Ideally, you should use battery sump pump to avoid the risk of electric shock and breathing in toxic fumes. The use of a sump pump will help get rid of the water and allow you to move a step closer to getting your home back to normal.
Drying Out the Basement
After all of the sitting water has been removed from the basement, the room will still be very damp. Water remains soaked in the wood, foundation, and other objects in the basement so it is important to take steps to dry the room out quickly. If the area is not dried quickly then mold will start to grow which is disgusting and often hazardous to your health. To dry out your basement make sure it is ventilated as best as possible. Open all doors and windows to the outside, run a fan to keep air circulation flowing, and use a dehumidifier to dry your home out as quickly as possible. Keep an eye out for water damage and mold damage. If you see any potential problems you should call a water damage specialist or mold removal specialist as soon a possible.
Cleaning the Basement
Both sewage water and outdoor water can bring bacteria and disease into your home. This is why it is important to thoroughly clean your basement after a flood. First, all items that have experienced water damage beyond repair should be disposed of as quickly as possible to avoid potential mold growth. Next, shovel out any mud or other unwanted build up from the flooding. After this walls and floors should be scrubbed and rinsed thoroughly. Washing and scrubbing your basement with bleach is a good way to stop the growth of bacteria and mold in your home.
Taking the proper steps to clean up a flooded basement can be time consuming and a lot of hard work, but it is necessary to keep your home clean, free of bacteria and mold. If you do not have the time do deal with cleaning a flooded basement appropriately you should call a water removal company as soon a possible to take care of the mess for you.
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