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If you've just endured a major storm, and your furnished basement is flooded, you need to race against the clock to get the water out and the area dried in order to keep the damage down to a minimum. A flooded basement will not only have water damage, but mold and mildew will also quickly become an issue. One thing you can do to be prepared ahead of time if you live in a flood zone is to have a sump pump installed in your basement. This can keep water levels down. But if your sump pump could not keep up with the high water levels of a recent storm, and your basement was flooded, here's what you need to do.
1. Remove the Water
While a simple mop may be all you need to soak up minimal amounts of water on your basement floor, you will need hefty equipment to get rid of water that is more significant. If there are only a few inches of water, you can use a wet shop vacuum or portable sump pump. If you don't own either of these, then you can easily purchase them at your local home-improvement store or rent them from a local equipment rental shop.
Keep in mind that to operate the vacuum, you'll need an accessible electrical outlet. And if you have a sump pump, you'll need a long hose that can be run out a window to divert the water outside. This should help you decide which piece of equipment is best for your situation.
When you begin to remove the water, start at the highest section of the room, where the water level is the lowest. As the water levels go down in that area, move toward the areas of the basement where the water levels are highest. This will keep the water collected in one area as the level goes down and make it much easier for you to deal with.
2. Remove the Mud
Once all the water has been removed, you'll probably have a layer of mud on the floor. This mud is often contaminated, so wear gloves and a mask. There is no easy way to do this, so simply grab a shovel and a few buckets. Fill the buckets with mud and then transport them outside to empty. You will probably need to bring a hose down into the basement to spray all surfaces in order to remove all traces of the mud.
3. Throw Out Damaged Furniture
Next, examine all the items in your furnished basement. This includes couches, chairs, TVs, tables, and any other items. Depending on how much water collected in your basement, these items may not be salvageable. The quickest way to get rid of them is to rent a dumpster from a company like TCM Sweeping and Disposal and throw everything in there. Speak with the dumpster-rental company to determine the best size dumpster for your needs. Once the dumpster is full, the company will come back to your home and haul it all away for you. This gives you time to continue focusing on cleaning up.
4. Dry the Area
Finally, you need to dry out your basement to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Start by opening all the windows and turning up the heat. The heat will cause the moisture to evaporate and then escape out the open windows. You should also rent a dehumidifier if you don't already have one. Depending on the size of your basement, you may need more than one dehumidifier. You can usually rent these from the same rental company you got the wet shop vacuum or sump pump from. Setting up a few fans around the room will also speed up the drying process. Be aware that it will probably take several days, or even a week or more, until the basement is completely dry.
If you have any other questions about cleaning out your finished basement after a flood or renting a dumpster to make the cleanup process go more quickly, call your local dumpster-rental company. They will be happy to help you.Share