Basement Flooding CleanupHow to Deal With Flooding in Your Basement.
How to Remove Water and Dry a Flooded Basement
Removing water and drying a flooded basement can be a daunting job, particularly when you feel distraught and don’t know where to begin.
The professionals at Service Master of Boulder County and Westminster understand what you’re going through and offer advice to help get your basement back to normal.
Of course, every situation is unique and depends on the “category” or level of contamination in the flood water, as well as the “classification” or extent of the water damage.
However, the following steps listed below are generally advised to remove water and moisture from a flooded basement.
Removing Water after a Flood
It’s important to keep in mind that the sooner you remove water, the less the potential for damage to your home and contents, as well as for illness due to a damp environment. Once the water source has been identified and addressed, and safety measures have been taken, the excess water can be removed.
If your basement flooding is minimal, you may be able to remove the water from wet areas with a squeegee, wet shop vacuum or even a mop and bucket. Otherwise, Service Master of Boulder County and Westminster can assist you using advanced techniques and specialized equipment, such as a portable submersible water pumps, truck mounted water extraction units as well as weighted water extraction tools to remove water quickly and thoroughly.
Additionally, it may be necessary to pack and remove water soaked contents in your flooded basement for thorough drying and restoration.
After all of the excess water has been extracted you can breathe a sigh of relief, but the job isn’t done. A considerable amount of moisture remains in the air and on basement surfaces, so now the critical process of drying begins.
How To Dry a Flooded Basement
A flooded basement creates prime conditions for mold growth, which can begin within 24 to 72 hours.
For that reason, and to prevent further damage from moisture, it’s important to accelerate the drying process.
If the moisture level is manageable, use one or more fans to circulate the air and a dehumidifier capable of efficiently capturing the moisture. These items should be moved regularly to different areas until the basement is completely dry.
In situations where moderate to severe flooding occurred, again consider enlisting the help of our experienced team at Service Master of Boulder County and Westminster.
Using moisture meters, we measure moisture levels, even in hidden areas such as building materials. Our high-speed air movers and commercial dehumidifiers are capable of removing hard to access and high levels of moisture. Additionally, we monitor the drying process to ensure all areas in the basement are completely dry to avoid costly secondary damage.
When to Call Service Master of Boulder County and Westminster
If you’re uncertain about having the ability to remove the water and dry a flooded basement yourself, call us at Service Master of Boulder County and Westminster. Our 24 hour, 7 day a week Emergency Response Team will promptly inspect your basement, assess the damage and create a plan of action to restore it.