Mother Nature deals out some crazy weather this time of year – and our homes can take a hard hit. The temperature “teeter-totter” of heavy snowfalls and rapid thaws can cause building materials to expand and contract. This sometimes leads to burst pipe, backed up sewers, and cracked foundation. There is no surprise that water is the number one cause of seasonal damage to homes as flooded basements and leaky roofs are all too common this time of year.
Drying Out, Fast and Furious
Water's potential for damage makes a flood many homeowners' worst nightmare. If tnot caught within 48 hours, mold will grow – and quickly. A little damp space is all it takes to make the perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold doesn't just damage walls, furniture, carpets, and flooring: It can lead to poor indoor air quality causing respiratory problems including asthma, and even more severe illnesses. Therefore, preventing mold growth is key to maintaining your home and your health.
Here are a few tips to deal with your flooded basement and minimize the water damage:
Note: Don’t forget to call your insurance company and tell them your plan before taking any measures on your own.
How to Deal With the Aftermath of a Flood
Step 1: Turn off all electrical sources before you walk into a flooded basement.
Step 2: Pump out the water – hopefully your sump pump is working. At the same time, clean out the floor drains to move blockages that might have helped contribute to the standing water.
Step 3: If you don’t have a sump pump installed, and/or if you have a finished basement, you will need to get a professional emergency restoration company on the job immediately to start clearing the water out and begin your flood restoration process. The pros address the problem by using powerful equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers will dry out your basement and should be kept running until the relative humidity is below 50%.
Step 4: Remove all organic materials that have been affected. This would likely include drywall (which acts like a sponge when it’s wet), wood studs, and even carpeting (chances are you’re going to have to rip it up and replace it).
Goodbye Mold! Disinfecting
If mold is present, this will be remediated by your restoration company. If you are doing it yourself, you can use a combination of bleach and water to kill it on most hard surfaces. Porous material should be treated directly with fungicidal spray.
There is no question that a swift and proper response to a flood is critical for our homes' integrity and healthy air quality. It’s highly recommended that we take all the right steps when dealing with a flood and hire the pros who have the proper pumping, drying, and mold remediation equipment. When in need, you know where to go – www.bidmyreno.com to find flood restoration professionals!