There are always going to be unexpected issues in your home that aren’t pleasant, but they are common. A flooded basement can send even the most fearless of people into a sense of panic and hopelessness. Water damage may be dangerous to your family’s health. The floors and walls can be damaged by even a small amount of water and worse yet, a wet and damp basement can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. The first step is to remain as calm as possible, but to react quickly. Follow these steps to quickly and safely remove water from your basement.
Step 1: Turn Off Utilities
Never enter a flooded basement while the power is on. Leaving the power on can put you in serious danger if electrical appliances come in contact with the water, so shut off the power to your home before going into the basement. If the breaker box is located in the basement call the the utility company to turn the power off for you. The gas line is usually outside on the outside of your home, but it is best to contact the gas company to turn it off for you.
Step 2: Remove the Water
If the basement is flooded, your sump pump probably isn’t working, so you may need to purchase a new one to use to drain the water. The sump pump will not remove all of the water, but it will remove the majority of it. Use a wet/dry vacuum and/or a heavy duty mop and thick towels to clean up the rest. It is extremely important that you remove the water as quickly as possible to prevent the risk of mold growth.
Step 3: Remove Wet/Damp Objects
The best way to effectively dry the basement is by removing everything that is damp or wet, including furniture, rugs, clothing and etc. If there is carpeting, the padding and the carpeting should be ripped up and disposed of.
Step 4: Dry the Basement
Since the basement is below ground, it will not typically dry on its own, so you’ll need to place several fans and/or industrial blowers throughout the area. Using a dehumidifier will also help to remove excess water, which may help the basement dry faster and minimize the risk of mold growth.
Step 5: Prevent Mold Growth
Once the basement is dry, it is important to thoroughly clean the area with soap, bleach and warm water. While cleaning, if you discover mold in on the walls, you will need to remove the drywall. After cleaning, be sure to check the entire basement regularly to make sure there isn’t any mold growth that was missed or appeared later.
If the water in the basement is fairly deep or if you notice mold and/or mildew developing, it’s best to contact a restoration company to help with the problem. A water damage restoration In company in Lenexa, KS will have the proper equipment, tools and experience to completely remove the water, thoroughly dry the basement and clean it to prevent the risk of mold.