How to Clean Up a Flooded BasementBefore you do anything, inspect the exterior carefully and turn off all electrical power, gas, and plumbing that goes to your basement. You’ll also need to ventilate the space by opening any doors or windows, if applicable. The sun will help to evaporate a small amount of the water and will give you light to better see while working.
Major flood damage is unquestionably one of the most destructive events your home can experience and also one of the most emotionally stressful events you may endure. Floods and water damage from major storms can affect your entire home, from the roof, to ceilings and walls to flooring and of course, your basement. —The Spruce.comTo start the cleanup, you’ll need the right equipment and tools, which include a pump, rubber boots and hip waders, dust mask, flashlight, rubber gloves and work gloves, and basic hand tools, like wrenches, pry bars, hammers, and drill-drivers. You’ll also need a shovel and plenty of fans. When you have your equipment and tools, don’t make the mistake of pumping out your basement too fast. Doing so might cause the balance between the walls and the soil, as well as hydrostatic pressure to become unbalanced and cause more damage.
DIY Flooded Basement Clean Up GuideOnce you’re dressed for the job, be very careful with using extension cords because these are not typically commercial grade and can be quite dangerous. Again, it’s best to hire a professional flood clean up service to do the job. Here are some tips on cleaning out a flooded basement:
- Start in the highest area where the water level is lowest. It’s often best to begin pumping out water where the floor level is the highest and the water is at its lowest level. You can then move incrementally to deeper areas.
- Shovel out mud and debris. You might well discover more than water has crept into your basement. Use a shovel to clean up any mud and debris so you can begin to dry out the space.
- Begin to dry out the space. As you pump out the space, you can dry it with old towels and blankets. In addition, you can use fans to help dry the space gradually. This will take time and you might have to call in a service.
- Clean up any damage. Water is an incredibly destructive force and can cause mold, mildew, and bacteria to grow. Remove anything that’s damaged, including trim, appliances, furniture, and flooring. If there’s a lot, phone a junk hauling and removal service to clean it out for you.