Sometimes despite all the precautions that you take your basement might get flooded and if you don’t address it immediately you will be facing mildew, mold, rotting wood, and weakening foundation. Here are 5 steps that you must take immediately after a flood in your basement.
- Don’t enter the flooded basement: You must first cut off the power supply to all your appliances before you enter a flooded basement or you might expose yourself to electrical shocks from any open wires lying in the basement.
- Remove the water: Use your sump to remove the water and wipe dry the basement floor. If water is more than 2 feet call a professional to do it.
- Identify the cause: Only by finding the source of the flooding can you proceed. Look out for cracks and ascertain whether they are small enough for you to repair them yourself or you need to call a professional to do the needful.
- Go through your possessions and determine the damage: Those that can be dried and reused can be kept but anything that remains wet and appears slimy must be thrown immediately or you will look at a greater problem of mold infestation.
- Make the area dry and safe again: Moisture can still remain in dark recesses and corners. Ensure that all are dried and use a HEPA filter to eradicate any spores of mold and mildew which will otherwise not only damage the property but will turn into a health hazard. You can use soap and water to clean all the walls and if you find traces of mold use bleach for greater cleaning.
Take pictures of the damage and the water level before you get to work because this will be handy in insurance claims.
Hope this answer clears all your doubts regarding flood management in your basement.