How To Prevent Mold After A Basement Flood

How To Prevent Mold After A Basement Flood

The summer humidity and the spring showers usually place a huge burden on your wall since this environment increases the growth of molds. This annoying fungus can often lead to skin irritation, respiratory issues and even headaches. This is why you should ensure that your flooded basement is restored within 48-hours to prevent mold build up on the walls and on the furnishings present in your basement. By following a few simple tips below, you can prevent this problem from happening.

Switch off the electricity

Human skin, electricity and water are not the best of friends. This is why you should steer clear and ensure you have turned off the electricity for the whole house before proceeding to the basement. Since it will relatively dark, you should carry along with you a high powered battery operated flashlight to guide you.

Pump the water out of the basement

Thereafter, you should proceed to pump out the water out of your basement using a gas-powered water pump. Although it will leave some little water on your floor, you will be able to move around. To get rid of the remaining water, you can opt to use a dry/wet Vac pump. Alternatively, you can repair your sump pump to remove the remaining water that is present in your basement. However, you should always remember to remove the filter from your vac as these devices have not been made to get wet. Failure to do this can lead it to getting damaged.

Remove all wet items in the basement

However painful this may be, you should remove all the wet items and take them to a dry location. You can either put them in your garage or out on the driveway and ensure that you have cleared some space where you can step. Since you might have to remove many things from the basement including some which have become heavy due to getting drenched with water, you should try and ask assistance from family and friend. Not only will it help you make this process quicker, but it will also prevent you from getting extremely fatigued since you only have 48 hours to do the job.

Clean the floor and walls

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By using some warm soapy water, you should clean the floor and walls to remove grime and dirt that may be present. In case your carpet is soaking wet, you will need to pull it up and take it somewhere where it can dry. Additionally, you may have to remove the padding because of its spongy characteristic of holding in a lot of water. By placing the carpet either on top of the seats or some stones, you will let air pass on both sides to dry faster and prevent mold.

Remove excess moisture and get the air moving

Here, you can use industrial blowers but if you are on a tight budget, you can use a fan which will need to be close to the floor and very powerful to get rid of the excess moisture. Additionally, you will need to get your dehumidifier working to get rid of the excess moisture in the air.

Search for mold and return items to the basement

Usually, you will be able to ascertain whether you have mold by either smelling or seeing it. By using bleach, you will be able to kill the spores of the mold. Once you have done this, you can return your carpet, although you will need to have it cleaned by a carpet cleaning company and then return the other items.

Usually, you can avoid all this by having a proper sump pump system with a backup pump and alarm to prevent you having to do all this. This is because flood cleanup can be a lot of work. But in case it does flood beyond your control and you are not able to manage these above mentioned steps, it is best to get the help of professional restoration services.

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