A flooded basement is a nightmare to clean up and since you already have enough problems figuring out what to do next after flooding occurs here is a checklist for you to use when attempting to clean up your flooded basement. Go through the checklist step by step and you will see a nice dry basement again before you know it. As with all projects make sure you are physically capable of doing the work before beginning the flooded basement project.
Your safety should be the most important step in this project. Before heading downstairs to clean out the flooded basement make sure the electricity is off. If you aren’t sure, or don’t know how to do this, call an electrician. It will not cost much and the gains in safety are well worth it.
After the cellar is safe to walk in make sure you wear the proper clothing during the flooded basement cleanup. Waterproof boots, gloves, long pants, and a long sleeve shirt should be the bare minimum. A mask is also a good idea.
Buy or rent some dehumidifiers. Set them up and be prepared to get used to the noise they make as you should leave them running almost nonstop for the next few days. This will help draw the moisture out of the walls, floorboards, and other areas you cannot reach.
Obtain a wet/dry vac and be prepared to empty it often. Begin by sucking up as much water as possible and empty the water outdoors as the vacuum fills. This will be the most physically demanding part of the cleanup. Water removal is hard work and unfortunately water is also very heavy. Take your time and keep at it until you can’t suck any more water off of the floor.
Sweep up the debris and cart it out. Don’t forget to sweep the walls as well at least to the high water mark.
Dispose of any belongings that are too water damaged to repair. If you have any important documents that got soaked you can contact a document drying specialist and they will tell you if the documents can be restored or not.
Scrub every surface that you can reach after water in your flooded basement receded. Use any common bleach product mixed with hot water. Scrub in small sections and rinse with hot water frequently. Open any windows and doors that you can to ensure the area is well ventilated.
Test all the systems that are in your basement including electrical, and heating. If you do not know how to do this call in the pros. There is no reason for you to have done this much work and then ruin it with a costly repair to your electrical system that could have been avoided.
After everything is cleaned, scrubbed, and dried, repeat the process. This is important to arrest any mold development. At this point your erstwhile flooded basement probably looks better than it has since you moved in. Take a moment and look around to decide how you will reorganize your basement. This is probably the last chance you will get to start from scratch.
Drag everything back into your dry basement and congratulate yourself on overcoming a flooded basement problem.
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