How Home Owners Can Survive A Flooded Basement
What do you do when the storm has already passed and your basement has flooded? There are some really important things you should know. First and foremost it’s best to take action as soon as possible. When in doubt, don’t enter the flooded area until you are told it is safe by a professional.
Follow these easy steps to drying out and sanitizing your basement or crawlspace:
-Begin by opening vents and windows to let fresh air run through.
-Wear a facemask to protect yourself against possible mold, mildew and allergens.
-If you have carpets in your basement, remove the carpets to avoid health risks. It’s very difficult to completely dry it out once it’s been saturated with water.
-Tile and concrete floors can be addressed using a mop to soak up as much of the water as possible. Follow this by using old towels or cloths to dry up smaller pools of water.
-Sanitize the floor. Water and bleach or a cleaning solution will work.
-Set up fans to help continue to circulate air. You may want to invest in a dehumidifier to ensure the space dries completely.
-After your basement is clean and dry, start looking at waterproofing solutions to prevent future flooding.
Always put your family’s health and safety first. Watch out for these risks:
- Electrical Shock – In a wet basement there is a legitimate risk of electrical shock. Do not utilize and outlets that were affected.
- Gas leaks –If you smell gas, leave the house right away and then contact your utility company immediately.
- Chemicals –When you get to the cleaning stage, be sure to ventilate well and limit your exposure to contact and exposure as best you can. Cleaning may expose you to a wide range of contaminant from cleaning agents and those that may have entered from floodwaters.
- Pollutants – Sewage may contain bacteria and can transmit disease. The floodwater in your basement may have originated from the sanitary sewer and contain raw sewage. Always wear protective items including gloves, safety glasses and a facemask. Thoroughly wash after any contact with sewage or items touched by sewage.
- Structural damage – If there is any concern that structural integrity has been compromised, or even if you simply don’t know, always choose safety first. Leave the area and call in the experts.
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