During severe rain storms, hurricanes, and other wet weather, it can be common for flooding to raise the water level in the storm drains and sewers, backing water up into your hone's basement drains. When this occurs, your basement can become overwhelmed with rain water, debris, and mud, but also sewage. Here are some tips to help you clean up after a flood disaster of this type.
After the flood waters have receded, you can go into your basement to remove any remaining water, mud, debris, and other sediment left behind by the water. It is best to wear protective rubber boots, a long-sleeved shirt, pants, rubber gloves, and eye protection to prevent infection from any bacteria and viruses from the water. Shovel out any sediment with a flat-end or regular shovel, and use a water pump to remove any water.
Cut out drywall saturated by the water, cutting several inches above the visible water line. Water can soak into the drywall several inches above the flood water line, so it is important to remove this additional wet material to prevent mold and mildew growth. Remove any carpet, padding, furniture, and other absorbent materials in the basement. You can talk to a flood remediation company about hiring their services or recommendations to clean your basement if their services are stretched beyond their capacity and cannot help you.
After using a water pump or similar shop vacuum to suction water, begin to dry out the basement surfaces immediately to prevent mold and mildew growth. This is especially important on areas in your basement you can salvage, such as lumber wall structures, wood furniture, and solid surface flooring.
Rent or buy several fans to direct on areas within your basement to circulate the air through the space. The more you can circulate air, the quicker the surfaces will dry and prevent mold spore growth. Open up windows in the basement space and also turn on your home's heating system to help the moisture removal process.
If there is any mold growth on any surfaces in your basement, you can wipe it from them with a disposable cloth or rag and a solution of water and liquid dish washing soap. You can also use vinegar to wipe off mold from surfaces, leaving the vinegar to dry on the surface. Vinegar is a safe option for mold elimination and cleaning. If you discover mold growth in your home that covers a large area, you may want to hire a professional mold remediation company to clean it up.
For more help, contact a home disaster restoration business.