What to Do After Your Basement Floods
Let’s face it—if you own a home with a basement, the odds are good that you’ll eventually have to deal with flooding. There are few things more frustrating than cleaning out a flooded basement, as many homeowners can attest. It’s also very important to do a thorough job of water damage repair in Montana to prevent future problems.
Flooded basements almost always take us by surprise, but they can be more easily managed by knowing what to do. Have a plan in place before you’re faced with a waterlogged basement, and you’ll be able to respond quicker—and feel more in control. Follow these steps:
- Turn off the power: It sounds basic, but it can be easy to forget to cut off the electricity and gas in the flooded area when you’re overwhelmed. To prepare yourself before a flood, make sure you know how to turn off the power in your basement; check with an electrician if you need a primer. Never enter a flooded basement with the power turned on, or you could run the risk of electrocution. Water damage repair in Montana should never be attempted until you’re sure the basement is safe.
- Mop up the water: If severe weather is the cause of flooding, wait until it’s passed, then start removing the water as soon as you can safely do so. Is your basement equipped with a sump pump? You’ll probably hear it turn on as long as it’s safe to leave the electricity on (again, don’t enter the basement if it’s flooded but still has power). When it’s safe to enter the basement, you can use a wet/dry vacuum or a pool pump to get rid of the water.
- Air out the basement: A flooded basement is fertile ground for mold to grow if not properly ventilated. Open the basement windows to let fresh air in and, if it’s safe to do so, set up fans to dry the area more quickly. As for items in your basement, salvage what you can by removing items from the basement and putting them outside or in another airy location to dry. If, after about 48 hours, the item is still damp, consider disposing of it to prevent mildew and mold.
- Disinfect and deodorize: To prevent mysterious smells and unwanted grime, give the basement a thorough cleaning once it’s dry. Wash the floor and walls with a cleaning solution that’s safe to use on those surfaces. Consider using bleach products and an anti-mildew spray to prevent mold. Just make sure the basement is ventilated before using bleach, and wear a mask and goggles.
When in doubt, call a pro
There are some basement flooding situations that you simply can’t and shouldn’t handle on your own. When you need the help of a professional, the experts at Allied 24/7 Property Restoration are here to help. We specialize in water damage restoration in Montana and can help take the stress of cleaning up off your shoulders. Get in touch as soon as you discover you have a flooding situation on your hands!