Salvaging A Flooded Basement

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If you have just had an incident occur where water is leaking into your home or place of business, hiring a water damage specialist will be necessary to minimize the risk of damage your structure obtains. Many people are not sure what they should do when they see water pouring into their basement area. Here are some tips to use when dealing with a situation where water damage can become a problem.

Remove The Water Promptly

It is extremely important to remove water as soon as possible to salvage belongings and the structure of a building after a flood occurs. Call a water damage restoration specialist to see if they can tend to the water promptly. If you cannot get ahold of someone to do the work immediately, you will need to do your best in removing the water on your own. 

Make sure to cover your skin with appropriate clothing before working with flood water as it can contain bacteria. Use buckets to scoop up water and place it at a lower level than your foundation outdoors so it does not make its way back inside. If you have an electrical source, a water pump can be used to do the job quicker. Personal items can be placed outdoors to dry. Place pieces of furniture upside-down so water can drip out effectively. 

Dry The Area Completely

When the bulk of the water has been removed, use large towels to sop up any remaining puddles from the floor. The entire area will need to be dried using oscillating fans. If there is no power to the area, open doors and windows to allow outdoor air to start the drying process. A dehumidifier can be helpful in drying the area when power returns.

Remove Mold-Attracting Items

It is best to remove carpeting, especially if it has padding underneath. This will act as a sponge and can easily harbor mold spores inside, leading to a huge mold problem as a result. A carpet cleaning service may be able to salvage the carpeting if you wish to keep it. Remove any wet drywall as this harbors mold as well. The insulation underneath should be removed and replaced before putting up new drywall pieces.

Clean The Area Thoroughly

After the area is dried, it will need to be cleaned to remove any bacteria or mold spores that may be present. Anything touched by water will need to be cleansed with a solution made of bleach and water. There are commercial-grade products available to do the job efficiently as well. After the surfaces have been wiped down and dried, another solution made for killing mold spores should be used as well for effective mold removal. This double-action cleaning procedure will help with mold removal and will eradicate any chance of a black mold buildup in the room from occurring.

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