A flooded basement can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Not only do you have to deal with the process of drying out your basement, there’s also the fact that your valuables have been damaged or ruined. If you’re lost on where to start with a flooded basement, here’s a beginner’s guide on what to do.
- Remove Water – First and foremost you’ll want to have a plan for removing the water in your basement. If there is minimal water (few inches or less), you can likely use a wet vac. However, if your standing water is much deeper, you’ll need to call a professional who will have commercial equipment to remove the water.
- Dry Out – After the water in your basement has been removed, it’s time to dry out your basement. This step is crucial to ensure mold and mildew don’t grow in your basement. To dry out your basement use fans and dehumidifiers (8 inches from walls) and have your air conditioner running.
- Clean Floors – Most hard surfaces such as vinyl, tile, and linoleum can be cleaned using a gallon of water mixed with a cup of bleach. Remember to always wear gloves when using any sort of bleach. Giving your floors a good scrub after a flood will prevent mildew and bacteria from forming.
- Freeze Assets – If any documents or valuables have been damaged, consider sticking them in the freezer to stop any mold from growing until you can deal with them later. In the future, use plastic bins over cardboard boxes to prevent damage to belongings.
We hope these steps will help you navigate your flooded basement and what to do. If you don’t feel confident in your flooded basement cleanup, call a professional for help. If you have any questions regarding a flooded basement, or other services we provide, contact us at Warren Restoration today!