Top 5 Flooded Basement Cleanup Tips for Homeowners

As homeowners, we take measures to try our best and prevent water damage in our basements, however accidents do happen and floods often occur in basements despite our best efforts. If you have a flood, instead of panicking, there are ways to clean up the mess quickly and effectively to reduce damage a restore a dry, clean basement space. Here are the top 5 flooded basement cleanup tips for your home.

  1. First and foremost, remove all electronics from the space as soon as possible! While the basement is already flooded, this doesn’t mean you need to ruin your electronics too! In addition, removing electrons is a safety measure too because it can help to prevent anyone electrocuting or shocking themselves. Before removing these items, turn off the power to protect yourself further and keep the equipment intact.
  2. Once you have removed the electronic items, you are ready to remove the water itself. Depending on how much water you have you may be able to suck it up with a wet dry vacuum. In extreme cases, you situation may be better suited for a sump pump in order to get all of the water up.
  3. Once the water is up, you will need to dry out the space properly. This is usually simple and requires a few fans and dehumidifiers to do the job. As long as it isn’t raining out, you may also want to open the windows to let fresh air in and help evaporate the leftover dampness. It may take several days for your basement space to be completely dry and for you to proceed with the clean up process.
  4. Next, it is time to disinfect and prevent mold and other dampness problems. Only do this once the basement is completely dry. Disinfecting will help to remove and prevent bacteria from developing in your home. Try to find an all purpose cleaner that is effective but non-toxic to reduce the chemicals in your home. TO prevent mold and mold spores, apply Cocrobium to needed areas for the best results.
  5. Last but no least, Remove any items that were damaged by the flooding. This may even include dry wall that is wet since the dry wall could possible crumble if left unattended. Also remove any other items or materials that were damaged. If you are removing appliances or parts, consider recycling these instead of just tossing them in the trash.

While a flood is never fun, you can take action to reduce the damage and get the space in your basement cleaned up quickly and effectively to prevent any other problems such as mold or dampness. Be sure to remove electronics first to prevent dangerous situations, suck up the water with a wet dry vac or a sump pump, let the area dry out thoroughly, disinfest to prevent mold and bacteria, and finally remove damaged items and recycle any appliances that you can no longer use. Taking these steps will ensure you know how to tackle the situation. Once you have cleaned up the mess, you may consider usingĀ Buckeye Basement Systems to better design and utilize the space in your basement.

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