It’s that time of year again, folks. That’s right, ‘tis the season for severe weather in the Good Life. It’s no secret that spring/early summers in Nebraska inevitably include heavy rainfall, which can mean bad news for your basement. We all know that feeling after a bad storm of hesitantly walking down the stairs to the basement, praying it hasn’t become a small ocean and ruined your foundation, carpet, and belongings. If you’ve fallen victim to basement flooding, it’s important to act quickly, even if your basement is only damp or has minimal water. Check out these tips that will keep you and your family safe, minimize damage, and ultimately save you repair costs after basement flooding:
- Disconnect power. Before you do anything else, make sure you have your energy company disconnect your power. Water conducts electricity so energized outlets or wiring can pose a serious threat, even if there’s less than an inch of standing water. Don’t be that guy who gets electrocuted by a half-inch of water in his basement.
- Remove all movable items. If you have significant standing water, your electronics are probably doomed. Either way, remove them from the basement first as they are the most likely to be ruined by water damage. Move furniture, rugs, and everything else next. In order to salvage your possessions, you’ll need to get them out of the water as fast as you can.
- Get rid of the water. This can be the toughest part of a flooded basement, and it generally requires some good old fashioned manual labor. Sometimes a mop will be enough to do the trick, otherwise use old towels, buckets, or a wet vacuum to physically remove the water from your basement. As long as your sewer system isn’t backed up, it’s ok to dump the water down drains in other areas of your home.
- Dry the area. Assuming the rain has stopped, open all basement windows and use fans to allow air circulation. If you use fans, set them up in a way such that air is blown out and away from your basement rather than into it. Consider using a dehumidifier as well, as they can typically remove 2 to 9 gallons of moisture per day. If you have carpet with padding underneath, you’ll probably need to tear it up in order to dry and save it.
- Disinfect. This is the most important part, yet the most overlooked. Every surface that touched water should be cleaned and disinfected with heavy-duty cleaning products. If you skip this step, mold and bacteria will grow and your basement (and wallet too) will sustain even further damage. You can also apply a mold-control agent to basement surfaces for extra protection.
- Dispose of damaged items. Some things just can’t be or aren’t worth saving. Be sure to dispose of these items responsibly and take what you can to recycling centers.
In severe cases, basement flooding can be devastating, but no matter what, it’s always a nuisance. You can do some damage control after a heavy storm, but what’s more important is to call the professionals in order to get the root problem fixed. Epp Concrete is your local basement expert and will waterproof your basement with the highest quality products and service. Never worry about a flooded basement again with Epp!