How To Fix A Flooded Basement
Because basements are built partially underground, they are prone to flooding during heavy rain events, rapid snowmelt, burst pipes, a faulty hot water tank or washing machine, or when the property has a drainage system problem.
A flooded basement restoration by Maxwell Building Services can eliminate water damage to floors and walls, while also removing moisture, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. When these pathogens go airborne, the air quality in your home is severely compromised and leads to irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, and other more serious respiratory issues.
Continue reading to discover how to fix a flooded basement that will reduce damage to your home’s structure along with the appropriate steps to prevent mold colonies from forming or thriving.
Remove the Water
Safety should be your first concern when performing flooded basement repairs. Before you attempt to remove any water in the area, make sure all electrical power to the basement is turned off. If the circuit breaker panel is located in the flooded basement, then you should call an electrician or flooded basement restoration expert.
With the power disconnected, you can now safely remove all electronic devices such as televisions and speakers. It is likely that your sump pump has failed since the basement is flooded, so you may need to buy a replacement to drain all water from the area.
Other tools to help remove water during a flooded basement repair include using a wet/dry vacuum and a dehumidifier to remove moisture in the air. Your goal is to remove any standing water and water vapor in the air as soon as possible to prevent mold and mildew buildup.
Deal with Wet/Damaged Objects
Unfortunately, you may have to discard any household items that cannot be properly dried and cleaned. Often, wood and upholstered furnishings take the brunt of the damage due to water in the basement. Sort through all wet items to determine what can be salvaged and put them in a dry location like a garage or shed to dry out.
Take pictures of any household items of value that you will be discarding. These photos can be used if you file an insurance claim that may compensate you for the cost of a flooded basement restoration and the replacement of your property.
The final step is to deal with the flooring. Typically, vinyl flooring, carpet, and padding may need to be removed and trashed. For wood or concrete flooring, you will want to use the techniques listed to dry the area.
Dry the Area
After a basement floods with water, time is of the essence. Ideally, you want to have all standing water removed and to start the drying process within 48 hours. Standing water can be safely removed with a sump pump, a wet/dry vac, or a transfer pump, which is a hose connected to a hand or foot pump that is specifically made to pump water from one area and into a bucket.
Also, you must remove the water in the air using a dehumidifier and place fans in strategic locations to blow air out through windows or a door. Use an industrial blower to drywalls and floors even faster.
Take Preventative steps to Avoid Mold
To protect the health of your family and to ensure your home’s air quality does not deteriorate, there are step to limit or totally eliminate mold growth that will flourish in damp and dark environments. Drying the entire basement, especially walls and floors as fast as possible is a good first step.
Next, wash the walls and floors thoroughly with soap and warm water. This will remove any biological material that will feed mold and other infestations. While cleaning the basement, keep a lookout for any suspicious spots that are brown, green, gray, or yellowish. These areas should be cleaned again with bleach and warm water.
You may also want to consider changing your furnace blower filter, air conditioning filter, and the home’s return air filter more frequently for the year. If anyone in your home has a respiratory condition like allergies, COPD, or immune system disease, then consider installing a HEPA air purifier to prevent mold spores from circulating within the home.
Call Maxwell Building Services to Prevent Future Floods
Homeowners often attempt their own flooded basement repair. But, for the best results, flooded basement restoration and possibly mold remediation services may be required. Maxwell Building Services makes sure all moisture and all mold is removed from your flooded basement to prevent future structural damage to your home’s foundations.
We also work with the property owner to prevent future floods by determining the cause of the flood and if other tradesmen are required to fix specific problems such as plumbing or landscaping issues. Our flooded basement repair plan includes a basement or property inspection, water extraction, and the removal of all damaged items, drying the basement, and making appropriate repairs.