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Tips for Cleaning Your Basement After a Water Flood

Whether your basement has flooded due to regional damage or something specific to your home - a broken pipe or sump pump, for instance - the best approach is to handle the issue quickly to minimize damage and health hazards with a professional Water Restoration Company. Depending on how long the water has been sitting there, you may be able to retrieve some possessions and furniture with mold removal; although electronics are almost always ruined.


  • Disconnect the power and unplug electronics. If there is standing water, use a broom handle to reach the fuse box or breaker box, or call a licensed electrician. Unplug all electronic devices and move them out of the area.


  • Move out furniture and boxes. Remove everything else and place boxes and containers in a safe, dry location. Furniture can often be saved, and depending on the belongings and how they were packed, you may be able to preserve these as well.


  • Pull up carpet and rugs. Both carpeting and wall-to-wall area rugs need to be removed. Underpadding rarely survives a flood, but you may be able to preserve the carpeting or an area rug by getting them professionally cleaned.


  • Remove the water. There are multiple ways to get rid of the water. If you don’t have power, use towels, buckets and mops to soak up as much water as possible. You can pour the water down the drain, providing the sewers aren’t backed up. If you do have power, a wet vac will work; just be careful to plug the vacuum into an outlet where there is no water, and don’t use an extension cord.


  • Dry out the basement. Once the water has been removed, use fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the area. Open the windows if it’s not raining. If you have drywall installed, you’ll need to remove the sections that are wet and crumbly.


  • Disinfect the area. Mold can quickly surface with standing water, so disinfecting is an important step. Disinfect all furniture, wood and walls that sat in the water using a nontoxic but strong disinfectant.


  • Prevent mold growth. After disinfecting, you should also use an agent that kills mold, such as a nontoxic fungal spray made from distilled water and inorganic salts. You can use these fungal sprays on just about anything as they break down mold spores and prevent them from growing back.


  • Consider basement waterproofing. After dealing with a flood, homeowners realize the importance of having their basement waterproofed. Call a professional waterproofing company to schedule a free evaluation - the project may be more affordable than you think!

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