How to Recover From a Basement Flooding

How to Recover From a Basement Flooding

One of the worst things that can happen to a homeowner is their basement flooding with water for one reason or another. If you are dealing with your basement flooding, you must take action as soon as possible. The longer the water sits in the basement the more damage it will do to your home. Learning all of the proper steps to take will ensure that you safely get your basement back to working order while minimizing the damage to your home.

When you realize that you have a basement flooding on your, hands you should get in touch with your insurance company right away. You will probably be making a claim to your company and hopefully getting compensated for the damages of the flood if your covered.

Shutting Off Power to the Basement

The first thing you have to do when your basement has been flooded is to cut off the power to the basement. You don’t want electricity running through the water in the basement when you are down in it. If you can reach your breakers without getting in the water, then you can shut the power off that way. If not, then you will have to shut off the power to your house for enough time to get to those breakers, which might be possible by calling the power company. If you are unable to shut off the power you will have to resort to calling an electrician to have them turn the power off for you or at least tell you if it is safe to go in.

Removing the Water

It is important to remember to remove the water from your basement slowly. If the water goes rushing out of the basement that causes uneven pressure between the inside of the foundation and the outside of it. Uneven pressure can cause walls to collapse in the most severe circumstances. You should remove the water from the basement using a shop vacuum or even a bucket would work. If there are any windows a hose would also work for removing the water.

Mold and Bacteria

If the water has been sitting for a while or you have a reason to suspect mold in your basement you should wear a face mask while cleaning the water up. You should also make sure to clean your hands well after touching any of the water. Typically flood water is very dirty and has a large amount of germs and bacteria.

After the majority of the flood water has been removed you should open up all the doors and windows. You should set up a bunch of fans and make sure that the air is circulating well. The better the air flow the faster your basement will dry off.

Cleaning Up After A Basement Flooding

When the water is gone remove all furniture and rugs and wash and dry all the things you think are saveable. If the flood water contained sewage of any kind you should throw everything away. When all of the items are out of the basement clean all the dirt and debris up with a scoop shovel.

You should clean the whole basement down with a mixture of bleach and water when everything has finally been removed. Make sure to wash the walls as well as the floor. Get anywhere where water was touching. This step is crucial in making the basement safe to be in other wise you could get sick from touching the walls or floor. Not to mention that they basement will probably smell horrible. Make sure to keep the basement ventilated while cleaning with strong chemicals such as bleach.

You should also wash down any items with bleach. Wash any clothes or rugs. You can also apply steam cleaners to furniture and rugs if they are too large for washing machines. Most paper products will be ruined by flood water but if you have photos that you can’t bear parting with you may be able to have them fixed by a professional photo restorer. Many professional photo places will do work with water damaged photos and some of the results they can achieve are amazing.

Basement flooding is a terrible thing to have happen to your home but with the proper steps taken you will be able make the basement usable again. Hopefully you will be able to salvage most of your personal belongings and minimize the damage and expenses as well.