How To Clean A Flooded Basement

by admin on November 5, 2012 · 0 comments

Having an indoor swimming pool would be a nice luxury for anybody to have. You can swim indoors during inclement weather, you have more privacy, and you don't have to worry about cleaning out autumn leaves or pesky bugs. Toward the end of the year swimming can only be done indoors in most states.

Some people like to have their own pools installed for private use. Matthew Rivers was building an indoor pool into his house in Tennessee, but things went awry when a pipe burst. The water was gushing out like a waterfall and soon his basement was flooded. Matthew suddenly felt like his house was a giant fish tank.

Something had to be done about this mess. Fortunately for Matthew there are always solutions to these problems. He called for Disaster Cleanup in Tullahoma to drain his basement and repair any damage to the house.

What is so bad about a flooded basement?

Having a flooded basement can be very hazardous not just for your home, but also for yourself. A flooded basement left unchecked can cause structural damage to the house, mold, and can pose health risks. It is important to have a flooded basement properly drained and dried. So how do you drain a flooded basement?

  • Safety Measures—before you begin draining check for any loose electrical sources, structural damage, or broken gas lines. Turn off the electricity and gas and make sure the source of the flood has also been taken care of.
  • Turning off electricity—carefully shut down the power using a stick or some other object that doesn't conduct electricity. Remove the fuses after you're sure it is safe to do so.
  • Turning off gas—use a wrench to turn off the fuel valves.
  • Ventilating—open doors and windows allowing gas to air out of the house and moisture to drop.
  • Draining—slowly pump the water out. Be patient, and do not rush. Draining the water too quickly could make things worse.
  • Drying—continue to ventilate your house. If your heating system is still functional after draining allow it to heat up the house, use fans if needed. Use a dehumidifier if you have one.

After the water is drained and your house has had time to dry you can start cleaning up the mess that is left behind. Be sure that it is safe to turn the power and gas back on. You can also begin repairing any damage that might have been done so it may be a good idea to check for any mold or structural damage.

I don't want stuffed mushrooms!

Ok, maybe a flooded basement isn't exactly the luxurious indoor swimming pool of everyone's dreams, so what now? Well, if mold has formed from the flood water it is time to remove it before things get really ugly.

You may need some pretty heavy duty cleaning supplies for this. So get some industrial strength bleach and start cleaning. It is also a good idea to wear old clothes and shoes and protect your eyes, nose and mouth if there is a large concentration of mold.

By Alex Davis

Alex is an ambitious student and freelance writer. He is very determined, ambitious, and an expert in disaster cleanup.

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