Removing Flood Waters From Your Home

2 December 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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If you have had a flooding event happen where you have received an abundance of water in your basement area, you will want to try to remove it swiftly and efficiently. Standing flood water is very damaging so a timely removal is imperative. Here are some instructions that will guide you through the water removal process and how to get your basement back into its original condition.

Remove Important Items

You will first want to remove anything that you think you may be able to save from damage and place it in an area where it can dry out. Open up electronics so that air can get inside to dry the components. Turn furniture upside down so that water will drip out of the fibers of wood or cushioning. 

Prepare To Haul

You will need to have a few helpers to scoop water from your basement. This may end up being a very long day or night with the tedious work of scooping water with a bucket and dumping it in an area away from the home. Wear gloves to protect your hands and wear waterproof shoes or even waders if the water is very deep. Standing flood water is dirty water so the less that you expose on your skin, the better.

If you are lucky enough to have access to a water pump, you may be able to pump the water out much quicker. You will also need to have access to an electrical source, as yours should be turned off when you are dealing with water that is standing in a room. See if a neighbor can provide an electrical source and see if you can find someone with long extension cords. You would save a lot of time if you were able to pump the water instead of using buckets.

Drying Time

You will need to dry out the area that was affected. Use fans to help keep air circulated and open any windows or doors to help, as well. If you have a dehumidifier, run it at night when the windows will need to be closed. The basement may take several days to dry.

Cleaning

You will need to use a mixture made from bleach and water to clean all areas that were touched by the flood water. The bleach will help kill any mold spores that may have been present. Afterward, use a mold remover and spray all the surfaces to further protect against the growth of mold.

It's always a good idea to contact a professional flood restoration company if the damage is particularly extensive. Professionals have fans and mold removal equipment to get the job done as quickly and safely as possible.