Step by Step Guide on Cleaning Up a Basement After a Flood

By | May 14, 2018 | Uncategorized

After a flash flood, it is common for the basement to have some standing water. You must take actions to fix the situation no matter if it is just a little bit of standing water or a lot of standing water. Flooding in the basement can be fixed quickly if you take the proper steps. The following are 4 steps on cleaning up a basement that has been flooded.

1. Use a Wet Vacuum or Sump Pump to Remove the Standing Water
When your basement is flooded, the first thing that you must do is to pump out the water. You can either hire a water restoration company or pump out the water yourself. If the entire neighborhood is flooded, it will be best to do it yourself. The equipment for removing the standing water can be easily rented from a local hardware store. If the standing water is only 1” deep, you can use a wet vacuum to suck away the water. The tank in a wet vacuum can hold 3 – 5 gallons.

If it is a lot of standing water, you have to use a sump pump to remove it. Many local hardware stores offer sump pump rental at an affordable price. No matter if you are using a sump pump or wet vacuum, you must always make sure that the electrical cord is far away from the outlet. If you are afraid of getting electrocuted, you can use buckets to remove the water to the drain outside.

2. Remove the Mud
If there happens to be mud, you can shovel them out to the garden. Mud on the wall can be removed by spraying with a water hose several times. You should remove the mud right after the standing water is removed as it will be hard to remove when it dries up and becomes hardened.

3. Dry Up the Area
After the water is removed, you can use a mop to mop up the little bit of water that is left on the floor. Next, you can turn on a dehumidifier to dry up the wet area. If your basement has windows, you can open them to let the air comes it. With air circulation, the area will be dried faster. You may also have to remove parts of the drywall that is affected with water. Drywall that is made from wood is salvageable but not those that are made from press board.

4. Disinfect the Area
You must now disinfect everything that was exposed to the flood water including walls, furniture and sewer. You can apply mold control spray on anything that is prone to mold, which may help to prevent mold growth. When cleaning up a basement, make sure you always wear safety clothing including boots, gloves, and goggles.