4 Tips for Fixing a Flooded Basement
Fixing A Flooded Basement
A basement flood may have many causes; a broken or leaking pipe, a broken water heater, toilet overflow or storm floodwaters, or even a misplaced outdoor hose. While you would not allow any of these to happen on purpose, accidents - and life - will happen. What comes next? How do you start to put things back together?
Steps to Restoration:
1. Remove the water
2. Drying it out
3. Dispose, clean, disinfect
The first thing to do is to remove the water. You may be able to clean a small amount of water by using a shop-vac or other means. For water a few inches or deeper, do not enter the area until the gas and electricity are shut off and then, only if it is clean water such as from a pipe break.
Because of the contaminates that could be present in basement flood waters or sewage water, you’ll want to call a water remediation company in Buford, GA to help remove water safely, dry everything thoroughly, and do an assessment of the structural materials. They can help you understand the ins and outs of insurance coverage, cleanup and restoration issues as well.
Sheetrock may need to be replaced if it is dirty water, as will carpet and other porous building materials. Dispose of unsalvageable items. Those exposed to clean water may be savable if properly dried out. Fans and heaters may help with the drying process.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Non-porous surfaces can be cleaned and disinfected. Other items may possibly be washed or dry-cleaned. An ozone generator may be needed to reduce odors.
Once the drying and cleanup is complete, refinishing can begin. Replace damaged insulation or wiring, sheetrock and woodwork. Repaint or touch up as needed, and install new carpet or flooring at this point.
A basement flood is not a fun ordeal on any level. With some common sense, elbow grease and the proper help, your flooded house can again become your home.