The dishwasher back up, leaking into the basement and now its time for clean up.
Here are five basic steps to dry a flooded or flooding basement.
Make a flood-related safety inspection. Check for any hazardous conditions such as structural damage, electrical hazards, signs of mold and mildew. Determine to what extent the water has actually migrated into your basement using a moisture meter which can be purchased from your local hardware store or big box store.
2. Elevate and Remove.
Move or elevate any and all building contents which might be permanently damaged. Remove as much water as possible via pumps and once the water gets down to where a pump won’t work, vacuum the rest with a wet vac. You can rent a portable extraction unit at our local rental store or purchase a wet and dry vacuum at your local hardware store.
3. Remove the flooring.
You may want to save it, but it is not recommended. Carpet padding is the most difficult to dry, professional water damage restorers today have specialized equipment to save most of the carpeting padding, but as a DIY, just remove it and avoid the good chance that long-term mold and mildew exposure will settle in over a short period of time. To remove the carpet pad, go to a corner of a room and with some needle nose pliers grab a piece of the carpet and gently pull up. This will disengage the carpeting from the tackless strip holding it down. Pull the carpeting back as far as you can and then cut out the water soaked padding. Do this from all four corners until you have removed all of the padding.
4. Disinfect your flooded basement.
Buy Pine Oil and Clorox Bleach. Use a pump sprayer to apply the bleach mixture on all hard surfaces to include flooring and the walls up to the height that the moisture meter indicates is wet. For the carpeting, do not apply the bleach solution, but rather have it professionally cleaned once the carpet is dry. Use the Pine oil disinfectant on all nonporous household items. This application of disinfectant will help prevent the growth of mold.
5. Set up Fans and Dehumidifiers
Your last goal to dry a flooded basement is to create an artificially dry environment. The drier the air in your flooded basement, the faster your home will dry out. To achieve this, dehumidifiers and air movers are utilized. The air mover will pull moisture out of your carpeting, drywall and framing material and place this moisture into the air. The dehumidifiers will pull the moist air out of begin to dry the atmosphere of your basement. A flooded basement should have approximately one air mover for every ten linear feet of wet walls. You will also need a dehumidifier capable of handling the amount of water that the air movers are going to put in the air.
How do you know when to call a Water Restoration Specialist?
When the odds appear overwhelming and you simply want peace of mind knowing that your basement has been properly dried, it is time to call a Water Restoration Specialist. Superior Restoration and Construction work with flooded space and mold remediation every single day. Our technicians have undergone industry-specific evaluation, training and professional development to ensure your home restored back to or better than its original state. Call Superior Restoration and Construction for your free quote today.