How to Deal with Basement Flooding
With the April showers settling in, it can seem like water is everywhere. If unmonitored, the heavy rainfall can cause flooding. Many homes install sump pumps to help regulate the water levels during winter. However, if you do not have a sump pump or it is not working, water can start filling up your basement. If you do experience a basement flood, it can be messy. Here are some tips on how to deal with it.
Cleaning Up After a Flood
Shut Off the Power to the Basement
You should turn off any power sources to the flooded area. The surplus of water can create electric static and cause shock or fires. Do not clean the basement without ensuring that all outlets and wires are covered.
Remove Items in the Room
Once the power is off, start taking items out of the flooded room. Start with any electrical devices, as they are most susceptible to water damage. Then move on to other furniture, carpets, and more. You want the area to be clear so you can focus on the water.
Move Out the Water
This can be the tricky part. If the flooding is relatively low, you can clean it up using a bucket, towels, and a mop. However, if there is a lot of flooding, you may have to use a water pump or wet / dry vacuum.
Dry the Area
Once the weather is calmer, open windows, open fans, and use floor dryers to help dry the room. You want to make sure that all the moisture is out to prevent future problems.
Disinfect and Clean the Basement
Because you can’t be sure where the water came from — drains or sewer — it is important to clean and disinfect the whole room. This can help you ensure that everything dried properly as well, so you don’t have mold later on.