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The Right Way to Handle a Flooded Basement

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| 2013 Apr 05 |
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The Right Way to Handle a Flooded Basement

Handling a flooded basement on your own can be a difficult, frustrating, time-consuming and costly task. Regardless, if and when you do find yourself face-to-face with such a task, you must act quick.

There are several reasons why taking quick action after a flood is important. First, a flood can cause severe structural damage to your home, which can be costly to repair and threaten your safety. Second, if the basement isn’t completely dried immediately after the flooding, the accumulated water can become stagnant and lead to colonies of mold and bacteria. Mold thrives in clogged water and damp places. After prolonged exposure, these micro-organisms can cause respiratory issues, various skin infections and a number of other health symptoms – the reason you need to take immediate action the moment you notice that water is building up in your basement.

Don’t forget to take the appropriate safety precautions before you begin to clean your basement. Make sure that no electric appliances or wires are in or near the water. Turn off the electrical supply before you begin to remove the water. This is important if you want to avoid electrical shock or other accidents.

After ensuring safety, there are certain tools you can use for water removal. Some of the most common tools are pumps, power sprays, drying fans and dehumidifiers. The only problems associated with some of these tools is that they can be costly, as well as require knowledge of how to use them properly. It’s possible to buy or rent some of these, but it’s more advisable to hire professional basement restoration and water removal contractors. This way, the job is bound to be done properly and safely.

Damage restoration contractors use specialized equipment to remove water and control its damage. While hiring a professional might seem like a big expense at first, it saves you from having to buy or rent your own equipment and from needing to learn to use it. In addition to removing water from your basement, the experts also use their high-end equipment to completely dry any remaining moisture and to remove any water-damaged materials such as carpets (which are common breeding spots for mold, mildew and bacteria).