Getting to the Basics: Remodeling Projects

Four Tips to Help You Dry Out a Flooded Basement to Begin the Repairs

by Jill Jenkins

If your basement has recently been flooded, the sooner you get the water out, the easier it will be to begin repairs. There are many things that you will want to do to clean up the water. You will want to start with getting the standing water out, then do things like remove damaged materials and air out your basement. Here are some tips to help you with the steps for drying out your flooded basement:

1. Getting the Standing Water Out of Your Home

The first thing you will want to do with a flooded basement, is get the water out of your home. This can be done by pumping the water out. If you can run a hose down hill, use it to start syphoning the water out. If there is a lot of water, use a wider hose like a pool vacuum hose. You can also use a garden hose together with the wider hose until the water gets too low.

2. Cleaning Up Damaged Materials to Begin Repairs

It is also likely that there are materials that need to be removed. This can be things like carpet and other materials that absorb water. It is usually not worth saving these materials because of the damage caused by water. If there is no sewage damage, you may be able to save materials like carpet by drying them out and cleaning them.

3. Steam Cleaning

A steam cleaner can be your friend when cleaning up water damage. You can rent carpet cleaners that have many types of cleaning attachments. These can be used to clean floors, carpets and other materials you want to save. They will also help to get rid of the musty mildew smells that standing water often leaves behind.

4. Airing Out Your Basement Using Large Fans and Opening Windows

Lastly, you will want to air out your basement. This can be done by using fans and opening windows. It is best to create a current of air by placing fans in areas so that the air flows out of your home. You can use various types of fans, but if you can find large industrial fans or one out of an old HVAC system, this will help dry your home better.

These are some tips to help you with the steps for airing out your basement. If your home has recently been flooded and you need help getting things cleaned up, contact a flood damage repair service like Complete Restoration Services to get the help you need putting your home back together.