Tips For Flooded Basement Cleanup And Prevention

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Having to deal with a flooded basement can be a real nightmare. The flood water can not only damage your property but also destroy your basement floor and walls or even cause the flooded area to be damp and moldy. The best defense against a wet basement is a functional drainage system around your foundation walls that diverts water away from your home.

You should also consult a water damage restoration expert about the installation of a sump pump to control water flow into the basement area and have your foundation walls sealed. If you are currently dealing with a wet basement, read on for tips on flooded basement cleanup and how to prevent future flooding.

Remove damaged property and dry out the area

In order to effectively clean up your flooded basement, you first need to remove any property that may have suffered water damage. Removing items made of wood, fabric or upholstery immediately after the flooding can better your chances of salvaging them. Wooden furniture can often be dried and then refinished if removed from the water early enough. However, if the items are severely damaged by water, it is best to get rid of them so they don't harbor mold or odor. 

Once any furniture and other items are removed, you will have ample room to assess the damage and remove the water currently sitting on the floor. Your local water damage restoration expert (such as one from Flood Damage Restoration) can be called in to suck out all water from the basement with a wet vac. Next, open all your basement windows to dry out the basement walls and floor.

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The next step is to locate the source of the water seepage so as to prevent it from happening again,

Firstly, inspect your gutters and downspouts for any leaks or blockades that could be preventing them from diverting rainwater away from your foundation. You should then check to see whether any of your basement windows could be broken or have leaky seals. If your basement windows sit at ground level, consider replacing them with watertight glass blocks.

If both the drainage system and basement windows aren't the source of the seepage, have your water damage restoration expert examine the slope of your foundation to ensure it diverts water away from the home. If the foundation soil around the home's perimeter is causing water retention around the basement, you should consider installing a French drain system to divert water around your foundation away from the home and keep your basement from flooding in the future. 

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