Having water in your basement poses a great danger since water has the potential to cause damage to your precious properties. No matter the amount of water in your basement you should consider removing it. This is because it may lead to damp conditions, which are a breeding ground for molds. This means that you have to ensure that you remove all the water from your basement. In the following article, we will focus on how to handle your basement after it has been damaged by water.
How to clean your basement after water damage?
1) Save your properties.
The first thing should be disconnecting the power and unplugging all electronics. After this remove the electronics, furniture and any movable item as quickly as possible. This will help you to save most of your properties from the flood water. Start with electrical items first, since they are more prone to water damage. After removing all the item pull up the carpets and underpadding.
2) Get rid of the water.
The next step is removing the water from your basement. There are several ways of getting rid of the water. You may opt to use old towels, buckets, and mops to soak up as much water as possible. You can pour the water down the drain if the neighborhood is not flooded. If the neighborhood is flooded pour the water onto your lawn. You can also use a vacuum cleaner, but ensure that you plug it into a power outlet that is far away from the water. A sump pump can help in case your basement has excess water. You must ensure that you remove all the water from your basement and that the basement is dry. This will prevent mold from growing.
3) Drying out the affected area.
After you have mopped up all the water from your basement, you should then use fans and dehumidifier to ensure that your basement is free from humidity. You should also open the windows to allow air circulation and enhance faster drying. In case your drywalls were damaged, cut out the areas that came into contact with water. This will help in preventing the drywall from crumbling. It will also reduce the probability of mold infestation.
The next step after drying out your basement, including all the wood beams, insulation, and drywall you should use a good disinfectant to get rid of any bacteria that might have been brought into your basement by the floods. Ensure that you disinfect all areas that were affected by the flood waters, including walls and wood and non-upholstered furniture that came into contact with flood water.
5) Prevent mold growth.
After disinfecting your basement the next step is taking measures that will prevent the growth of molds. This can be achieved by applying Concrobium Mold Control throughout the area that was affected by the floods. After applying a thin layer of Concrobium Mold Control, leave it overnight to dry. This will allow it to form a thin layer above any mold that may be growing in your basement, thereby crushing the roots of the spores.