If you live in a home where basement flooding had just occurred, you will want to enlist the help of a water restoration service right away. If the home is located in an area where several neighbors were also affected, there may be a backlog in help from professional services. If this is the case, you will need to take matters into your own hands in removing flood water promptly in an attempt to salvage your belongings and home's structure. Here are some steps to follow when you need to work at removing water from your basement.
Use Safety Precautions
Before going into the basement to start removing water, you will need to make sure the electricity has been turned off in this area. Switch the power to an off position at your electrical control panel so you are not at risk for electrocution when working at removing water. If the flood was caused by a river, pond, or lake, you will need to protect your skin with clothing that covers your skin in its entirety. Bacteria is often present in flood water of this type, possibly causing illness or injury if it contacts skin directly.
Relocate Water Properly
If you have another electrical source, such as an outdoors outlet with an extension cord, you can use a water pump to redirect water away from your home. If your electricity was shut off to the whole home, you may be able to use an adapter in your vehicle to gain power to a pump. If there is no adapter or vehicle available, scoop the water out with buckets. The water will need to be relocated to an area lower than your foundation level so it does not get back inside your home.
Dry The Area Completely
Your basement will need to be dried before it can be cleaned to remove bacteria and mold spores. Use oscillating fans when the power returns to dry out the area. Keep windows open so cross-ventilation will help speed up the drying process. A dehumidifier can be placed in the room when windows are closed.
Clean All Items Touched By Water
Every surface and item touched by flood water will need to be properly cleansed. A commercial-grade detergent with a bleach base can be sprayed on all areas and wiped down with a clean piece of cloth. Remove all carpeting and wet drywall as these can attract mold. Using a mold killing agent is also recommended after deep cleaning floors, walls, and personal items.
For assistance, talk to a water damage restoration professional like Service King.