Floods are one of those natural calamities that are hard to deal with. We all know for a fact that it will affect our normal lives and there will be a huge monetary loss. People who have experienced it will be able to relate to it in a better way. It is because of human actions that water is not able to find its path out which is one of the most important reasons for flooding. In this article, we will see how to clean up the flooded basement.
Pump out the water
The first thing that must be done while cleaning the flooded basement is to pump out the water. If possible, it can be done manually. But it is always better to opt for powerful water pumps to pump out water as it will give better results. It can also be done with wet/ dry vacuums. But the thing with vacuums is that you will have to keep emptying it very often. The most important thing is that you need to keep in mind is that when you are pumping out the water, you should make sure that the water outside the building is removed.
Cleaning and sanitizing
If you think that removing or pumping water out of your basement is a tough task you are absolutely wrong. The cleaning and sanitizing the process is where the real work begins. Cleaning up the area as soon as possible will help you to avoid issues like moulds and mildew. There are very good chances that a lot of unwanted and dirty stuff might have entered your basement during the flood. So there is no other option but get the place sanitized. By sanitizing you are ensuring that fungus and all other micro-organisms are completely eliminated. In the cleaning and sanitizing process, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind. They are
There are a lot of risks involved in this process. Hence it is necessary for you to be safe in each and every step you are taking. Some of the things that you can do are wear safety gloves, waterproof boots and safety glasses. If you are a person, who will not be able to tolerate some bad smell make sure that you get a mask so that you don’t puke.
Once you are equipped properly start the cleaning process by removing the dirt. There can be all sorts of things, and it is better to remove them when they are wet. It is because it will be easy to remove them, if it becomes dry it will stick to surfaces, and it will become a very hard task.
Remove damaged items
As the last part of your cleaning process, you need to remove the damaged items. When we say damaged items, we are not just referring to the things that you have stored in the basement. It also includes the damaged part of the walls, floors and everything that is in the basement.
Drying the basement
When everything is done, the final thing that you need to do is to dry the basement. Make sure that you create enough ventilation. If your basement heater was not damaged by floods, you can make use of it as it will speed up the process. The space might appear to be dry, but it is better to leave things open for a few days.