My Basement Flooded: Now What?

Flooded interiorDiscovering a flooded basement after a storm is one of the most stressful experiences a homeowner can face. When it comes to cleaning up, the first priority should always be safety. Make sure that there are no electrical hazards in the basement before entering. Water in the basement can lead to structural damage, mold and unsanitary conditions, among other issues. Read on to learn more about the steps you can take after your basement floods. Pumping Out the Water Once a basement floods, the first step is to remove the water and dry it out. If your home already has a sump pump installed, this process is much easier. As soon as it is safe to turn the electricity on, the sump pump can be used to pump water out of the basement and make the cleanup process easier. You should never go into a flooded basement when the power Is still on since it can result in electrocution hazards. If you do not have a sump pump, or your basement is too heavily flooded for a normal sump pump to be effective, you can call in a professional disaster restoration company. Disaster restoration companies have professional-level equipment that can be used to tackle serious flooding. Drying the Basement Once the majority of the water has been pumped from the basement, the drying process can begin. Ventilate the area with as many fans as possible to dry out the excess moisture and prevent mold. Proper ventilation also increases air circulation in the basement. Be sure to keep all the basement windows open to provide even more air circulation and hasten the drying process. You can also use towels to absorb excess moisture. Remove Damaged Furniture Rugs, chairs, couches, mattresses and other upholstered items are often unsalvageable after a flood. Even if these pieces of furniture eventually dry out, they are no longer safe or sanitary to use since they are often filled with mold. The best way to handle damaged items after a flood is to either leave them on the curb for your local removal service to take care of or to call a company that specializes in removing furniture after a disaster. Call the Professionals While there are steps you can take to minimize the damage after a flood, sometimes the damage is just too great to manage on your own. Working with a professional disaster restoration service is the easiest way to restore your home after a major flood. Leaders in Disaster Restoration have been restoring homes after flooding in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin area since 1991. LDR can help you by offering fast post-disaster response to remove the water from your basement, dry the area and begin the process of repairing storm damage. LDR also offers comprehensive disaster preparation services to help the community and individual homeowners learn how to prevent weather damage before it happens. Call LDR today at (888) 874-7066 for 24-7 assistance and information on restoring your flooded basement.
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