For various reason, basements are prone to flooding. It could be due to actual floodwaters in your home, or from a burst pipe or your house could be built in an area with a very high water table during rainy months. Whatever the reason, dealing with a flooded basement is no one’s idea of a good time.
Here are a few tips to ensure you get through the nightmare relatively unscathed.
Choose your pump
First and foremost, do not ever under any circumstance walk into the water from a basement flooding. You could be electrocuted and it could pose a severe health risk as you have no idea what contaminants are in the water. Always ensure that the power is off before you enter the flooded area.
Once floodwaters have receded, the first order of business is to remove as much of the water as possible. Should you be lucky enough to experience a minor leak or floodwater, you can simply mop up the water with a house mop or old towels. However, should you experience a major flood or leak, then it is time for the big guns that can handle the job with ease.
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Should you not be in the possession of a wet vacuum or portable sump pump, you can buy one at the local store. Alternatively, you will need to hire a plumber with the necessary size pump to get rid of all the stagnant water in the basement. You may also choose to rent the equipment needed fromlocal businesses.
Remember that the equipment you choose may require power to operate. Should you be in a flood-ravaged area, there may not be any power. Then it would be best to get a professional who has a pump and generator to run it.
Drying out the basement
Once the floodwaters have receded from your area and you have removed all the stagnant water, be sure to open all the windows to allow the moisture-filled air to escape and let in the dry air. You will need to dry the basement as thoroughly as possible.
Should your heating system not be affected by flood waters, then you can turn the heat to its highest setting to help with the evaporating and drying. Please ensure that your windows are open at all times during this process. It will help with the process but make sure you close the windows at night, or when it starts to rain again or should humidity increase.
Also, use fans so the warm air can circulate and rapidly dry out the basement area. Circulating the warm air will blow the air that has become humid and filled with moisture out of the windows instead of circulating in the basement. Circulating the air and ensuring that clean, warm and fresh air is always in the basement will stop mildew and fungus from growing in your basement.
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At the first glance of a flooded basement, it will seem like an insurmountable task of cleaning and dry out the area. Luckily will a few quick assessments, you can get the job done quickly by yourself or with the help from a professional who has the proper equipment and know-how to get the job done quickly.