Basement Flooding Cleanup Supplies

A basement flood is the last thing any homeowner wants to have happen, but flooding is especially common during the spring and summer months. Even after a winter snowstorm, melting snow and ice can lead to flooding. Professional restoration is the best way to address water damage in and around your home, but there are a few steps you can take on your own to minimize the damage. Here are the best supplies to have on hand when a basement flood strikes.

Water Pumps

The first thing you should do after your basement floods is to ensure that the area is safe for occupation. If there are any doubts as to the electrical hazards posed by wires or appliances exposed to water, avoid entering the area. Once you have been assured that it is safe to clean up the basement, a water pump is the easiest way to remove large quantities of water from an area. This is especially true for uneven basements or any other area without a natural drainage system. Choose a non-electric water pump for safe and convenient use in any flooding situation. Often, the electricity in your home will need to be shut off in order to prevent further damage or electrical hazards. In such cases, a non-electric water pump makes it possible to remove water from the basement without power.

Towels

One of the first lines of defense after a flood is a set of used towels or other absorbent cloth that can be used to wipe up the excess liquid. Many homeowners choose to have a supply of extra towels in their basement in case of a flood. It is important to remember that wet towels should be properly disposed of after a cleanup to prevent the formation of mold and mildew.

Fans

Once the water has been pumped out of the basement and the excess moisture has been dried, fans can be used to speed the drying process. This is especially important if the flooded area has carpeting. Keep any basement windows open while the fans are on in order to speed the process even further. Open airflow is the best way to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Be sure to avoid the use of electrical fans in an area that is still flooded as exposure to water could lead to serious electrical hazards.

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If you have experienced a home fire, Leaders in Disaster Restoration is here to help. We have been serving homeowners in Norther Illinois and Southern Wisconsin since 1991 and will work with you to develop a water damage restoration plan that works for your home. Call today at (888) 874-7066 to learn more about our comprehensive restoration services or fill out our convenient online contact form to schedule a consultation.
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