The basement is the most vulnerable to flooding and excess moisture. Though there are ways to reduce the risks, it is impossible to completely avoid water damage. Burst pipes, torrential rainfall, and seepage through the walls or foundation floor can all cause basement flooding. Whatever the cause of flooding, it is important to start cleaning as soon as possible. In this article, we will hit some major points to focus on. If you prefer to leave the water damage removal or water damage restoration to professionals, then feel free to call Tidal Wave Restoration. We are proud to serve the Metro Atlanta area and surrounding cities.
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If your basement is flooded, then switch off the respective circuit breakers for the basement and do NOT use any electrical appliances or outlets in the premises.
First and foremost, you want to cut the water supply to the best of your ability. For instance, if the source of the water is a burst pipe, then head to the water main and turn off the valve. If water is coming in through windows, then do your best to close off the area or guide floodwater away from the windows. In any case, we cannot move onto the next step until the water is contained.
Perhaps to no surprise, the next step is water removal. This is not as simple as grabbing buckets of water though. If the water is contaminated or if there are electrical appliances, outlets, or wiring, then we advise AGAINST doing this on your own. If there are safety risks such as these, then we recommend you call professionals like those at Tidal Wave Restoration.
If there is only a small amount of water and the area is safe, you can begin the water removal on your own. Begin by removing as much water as possible using a bucket and mop, a pump, or a wet-dry vacuum. If there are drains in the basement, you can use a squeegee to get rid of the water.
With the bulk of the water out of the way, you can get started on some cleaning. Shovel out any mud that may be in the basement. Use a stiff bristle brush and household detergent to scrub stains on walls and floors. For concrete or tile floors, use an all-purpose cleaner and some bleach to disinfect the floor and prevent the development of mold, mildew, bacteria, and odors.
Carpet and wooden floors are going to be trickier as they are especially sensitive to water damage. For instance, drying the wooden floors too fast can cause warping. If the weather outside is warm and clear, then open windows to let out excess humidity and moisture.
For extensive water damage, you might need extra help and equipment. Residents in Metro Atlanta and surrounding areas can call Tidal Wave Restoration for professional assistance. We are ready to dispatch to your location in as soon as within 15 to 25 minutes!