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How to Fix a Flooded Basement?

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

Completely flooded basement A flooded basement in Forest City, NC.

How to Repair a Flooded Basement

A flooded basement is a nightmare. The water can ruin your home and your possessions, and the cleanup process can be frustrating and difficult. But there's no need to panic! There are steps you can take to limit the damage caused by flooding, clean up your basement quickly, and make sure it doesn't happen again.

Drain water

It’s important to remove as much of the water as quickly as possible. You can use a wet/dry vacuum, a pump, or even a shop vac. This is especially true if you have carpeting in your basement because wet carpets will lead to mold growth and other problems if they aren't removed immediately.

Clean-up

Next, it's time to clean up the mess. You'll need to remove wet and damaged items from your basement, and then remove any standing water. For instance:

  • Remove any wet insulation that has fallen down from the walls or ceiling. If you can't get it out of there on your own, call a professional for help.
  • Remove all wet carpeting in your basement so it doesn't cause mold growth later on (or smell awful). If you don't have the money right away for new carpeting, consider renting out a machine that will suck up excess moisture and dirt in your carpets so they can dry faster.
  • Remove all drywall damaged by flooding as soon as possible; chances are good that if it was hit with enough water over an extended period of time, mold spores will have been embedded into the paper backing—and if those spores haven't already appeared yet, they likely will soon!

Drying out

Now that you've removed your wet belongings from the basement, it's time to start the drying process. One of the most effective ways to get rid of moisture is through dehumidifiers and fans.

Dehumidifiers are great for removing moisture because they use a refrigeration system to absorb water into their internal compartment, which acts as a cooling agent when heated by an internal heater. This method works well because dehumidifiers pull air in through their vents and expel it out through another vent at a higher temperature than that which originally entered the machine—which means it also removes any excess humidity (water vapor) along with it!

Fans can help speed up this process as well by circulating air throughout your basement space. It isn't uncommon for basements to become moldy in areas where there's been standing water or excessive dampness over time; using fans can help prevent this from happening while also speeding up drying time overall so you don't have to wait around forever before moving back into your home again! You may also want to consider installing exhaust fans near windows going out toward open spaces such as yards or streets so any remaining moisture gets released outside rather than building up inside your house next door instead."

The cleanup needs to be handled quickly and professionally

You need a professional to perform the cleanup of your flooded basement. One with experience, who knows what needs doing and can do it quickly. You need someone with the right equipment for the job, and most importantly, someone you can trust. The longer the water sits, the more damage it can cause to your Forest City, NC, home. If you need help with your flooded basement cleanup, contact our SERVPRO of Lake Lure Forest City team today!

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