How to Properly Clean Your Basement after a Flood

How to properly clean your basement after a floodUnfortunately, basement flooding is something that can happen to anyone at a moment's notice. Follow these tips from LDR Construction Services when it comes to cleaning up your basement after a flood.

Protect Yourself

There could be any number of bacteria or dangerous particles in the water, so never inspect the situation without wearing protective gloves, a mask, or goggles if necessary. It might feel weird, but it's better than getting sick!

Disconnect Main Electricity

Of course water and electricity should never mix, so take another step for your safety and disconnect the main electricity. Even in only an inch of water, electrocution is possible.

Determine the Cause

If water is still coming in, figure out the source and do whatever you can to stop it. If the basement is flooding because of a broken pipe, locate the shut-off valve and turn off the water. If it's because of a storm, block off any leaks as best as you can.

Remove the Water

After you've done all the necessary prep work, it's time to get that water out of there! Grab all the towels you can, a wet vac, and a water pump and get to work hauling the water out as fast as possible. The quicker you can remove the water, the less of a chance you have for long-term damage to your basement. If the water is more than a few inches, you should call a professional immediately. After your basement is as dry as you can get it, buy or rent fans to get the area completely dry and to help prevent mold. If you have a dehumidifier, make sure to shut the windows before running it.

Disinfect

Anything that came in contact with the water needs to be disinfected. Use hot water and a heavy-duty disinfectant cleaner to scrub every surface. It may take a while to clean the whole area well, but it's extremely important not the skip this step. Save $25 on Air Duct Cleaning - Free Coupon
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