Restoring Your Basement Post-Flood
How to Treat Your Basement Post-Flood
Hello! Welcome back to the Fura International blog. In our last post, we went over some of the things that you can do to prevent flooding in your basement. While there are a few precautions you can take to keep your home protected, such as installing a working home water pump underneath your basement, there are going to be instances when Mother Nature unleashes her fury on the world around you.
In those cases, even the most secured homes are going to be affected. Unfortunately, when water enters the home, it’s likely going to cause a lot of damage. However, the timeliness in which you act will greatly affect the outcome of the damage. That being said, we’re going to use today’s post to discuss some of the ways to assess and repair your home post flood!
Make Sure Your Family is Safe
Before we get into the ways to fix your flood damaged home, we thought it would be best to urge you to check on your household. If your home is flooded with water, do your best to either evacuate or keep as far away from the water as possible. Floodwaters are known to carry harmful bacteria and pathogens, which could harm those that come in contact with it, especially if they have any open cuts. If any household member is showing signs of illness or fatigue, see a doctor right away.
When the time comes to assess the damage after the storm or event that caused your home to be flooded, don’t go about clearing your home out on your own. Again, floodwaters are particularly dangerous, especially if you have electrical outlets throughout the basement. Call your insurance agency, as flooding is usually protected under most homeowner insurance policies. They can usually help you find a contractor or restoration specialist to fix your home.
Clearing Out the Water
Usually, there will be drains installed in your floor to help drain out the water, though this may take some time depending on how much water is in the basement. Additionally, if your home water pump doesn’t seem to be working, which is a possibility if you haven’t inspected it or upgraded it in a few years, you may want to looking into a sump pump replacement.
Again, hiring a contractor who specializes in basement restorations after flooding is your safest bet. They will have the tools and experience necessary to clear the water out of your basement. Additionally, they’ll also install devices which will help dehumidify and dry the surrounding area.
Ditch Damaged Furniture
If your furniture is irreparable following the flood, we recommend disposing of it as quickly as possible. While some pieces may seem undamaged, it’s still best to rid yourself of it, especially if it’s made out of wood, which could attract pests if it’s wet and rotting. Again, floodwaters are loaded with potentially harmful bacteria, and risking your health and safety for a couch is far from worth it.
Have Your Home Sanitized
This might be the fifth time we’ve said this, but floodwater is dirty and dangerous. If it seeps into your basement, it’s going to leave behind the bacteria even after the water is dried out. After clearing your home from flood waters, the contractor that was hired to de-flood your house will likely recommend a sanitization treatment, which you should definitely take. Unfortunately, sometimes it might be necessary to have all of the carpeting from your basement disposed of, as it’s often impossible to fully sanitize.
Start Building it Back
Once the area that was flooded is cleared out and fully sanitized, you can start remediating it. Sometimes, the restoration contractor will offer services to help repair the drywall and flooring. However, if you’re experienced in this or have people to help, it’s not going to be dangerous to do the work yourself if the basement is fully dried and sanitized. Make sure that any cracks in the foundation are patched up and that your basement water pump is working in case of any future flooding.
After flooding, it’s important to keep an eye out for issues including mold and pests. Mold loves dark, moist places and so do most bugs. If you don’t already have a dehumidifier, you should purchase one, as it will help to keep the excess moisture out of your home. Keep on the lookout for mold or pests and contact an expert immediately before the problem gets worse.
While you can do a lot to protect your basement from flooding, there’s always a chance that the worst is going to happen. In the event that it does, we highly recommend that you assess damage quickly and that you don’t attempt to make assessments on your own. Flooding is dangerous. As always, make sure to keep your basement water pump updated and working. For a collection of the best submersible pumps on the market, be sure to check out our catalog.