Cleaning up your basement after an unexpected flood can be a heartbreaking experience. Whether you're cleaning up after a burst pipe, or bailing out after a torrential storm, there are a number of ways to make the clean up process faster, easier, and more efficient. The following is a step-by-step basement clean-up plan from the drainage contractors and waterproofing specialists here at BEST Plumbing & Drainage Contractors.
Once you have discovered water in your basement, the first thing you need to do is remove it. If the flooding is minor, start with a mop and towels. If there is a significant amount of water in your basement, it's time to bring in the heavy artillery. The basement repair contractors here at BEST Plumbing & Drainage Contractors recommend using a portable sump pump, wet vacuum or wet shop vacuum. If you don't have one, give us a call at 519-438-6565 and we'll supply you with all of the necessary tools.
Remember, both the sump pump and vacuums will require outlets in order to work properly. This could be dangerous depending on the water level in your home, so be careful! When in doubt, contact a professional for guidance. If you opt to use the sump pump, make sure you have a long hose so that you can hang it out a window and direct the water as far away from your home as possible. If you're using a vacuum, realize that you will need to empty the holding receptacle frequently.
Once you've got the proper equipment, it's time to devise a plan of attack. The most logical place to begin your wet basement clean-up is in the area that is most likely to sustain the most damage the longer it stays saturated. Another option is to start in the highest section of your basement, where the water is the lowest, and work your way to the lower, wetter areas.
Opening the windows is a great way to help moisture escape (but only if it's stopped raining outside, of course!). If your heating system is not affected by the flooding, turn it to the highest setting to help speed up the drying process. And while it may seem counter intuitive, remember to keep your windows open while the heat is on. Using heat will evaporate the water from your wet basement – if your windows are closed, this evaporated water will have nowhere to escape to and will simply re-saturate your basement.
Our basement repair contractors also recommend running a dehumidifier to help remove moisture from the air. If you're going to use a dehumidifier, now's the time to close the windows. Remember to empty the holding container of the dehumidifier regularly, and to regularly reposition the appliance in order to remove as much moisture as possible.
You should also consider using fans to circulate the air and help aid in the drying process. Our wet basement repair contractors recommend positioning these fans in such a way that the air is blown away and out rather than into the wet room.
Drying out a wet basement is no easy task. For professional, courteous help, contact the wet basement repair specialists at BEST Plumbing & Drainage Contractors .
Contact BEST Plumbing & Drainage Contractors at 519-438-6565.