Basement Flooding Cleanup Tips for Spring 2017

Basement FloodFlooding can happen to any homeowner, no matter how well-prepared you are. As the weather grows warmer, spring showers and melted snow can result in a flooded basement and extensive damage to your home. Read on to learn more about how you can prepare your Janesville or Rockford home for any flooding that occurs in Spring 2017.

Turn off the Electricity

Before beginning the cleaning process after a flood, it is important to make sure the area is as secure as possible. In some cases, you may have to call in professionals for flooded basement cleanup Janesville homeowners cannot safely handle on their own. Turning off the electricity, if safe to do so, can prevent electrical hazards while you are cleaning the basement. Be sure to have non-electric light sources for visibility to keep from tripping or falling. Keeping battery- or crank-operated flashlights around the home is useful in an emergency situation where you may lose electricity.

Keep the Area Ventilated

Ventilation is the key to any safe cleanup process after a flood. Ventilating a basement is difficult, but if there are windows in the basement area, you should keep them open for as long as possible. Allowing fresh air to pass into the basement will speed the drying process. You can also install a dehumidifier to keep the air dry while you are cleaning the basement. Fans may be placed strategically for faster drying and proper airflow. Towels, mops and sponges are all common examples of the materials used to sop up water after a flood. In cases where the accumulation of water is significant, you may need to use a water pump. Water pumps are useful to keep around the home since they allow you to move large volumes of water outside quickly. The faster you remove the water and moisture that has accumulated in or around the basement, the less chance there is of water damage and mold forming.

Know What Can Be Salvaged

Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking they have to throw away everything in a basement that has been damaged by water in a flood. While some items and materials may be too heavily damaged to salvage, some can be restored with professional care. Contacting a professional water damage restoration service such as Leaders in Disaster Restoration could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs. Before you throw your possessions away because of water damage, reach out for a professional inspection. For flooded basement cleanup Janesville and Rockford residents can rely on, call Leaders in Disaster Restoration today at (888) 874-7066. We will create a custom-tailored plan to address any water damage in your home and restore as much of your property as possible.
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