We sincerely hope that you never have to deal with a flooded basement. With the cleanup work involved, the potential damage, and the costs it may require to ensure that it doesn’t happen, basement floods are nothing short of a nightmare.
Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling customers probably know a thing or two about flooded basements, as the Greater Cincinnati area gets a lot of rain and has many older homes – creating the perfect storm for flooded basements. If it ever happens to you, use these tips to properly clean up a flooded basement:
- Buy or rent a sump pump, and, if the water level inside is higher than it is outside, start pumping the water outside until most of the water is evacuated. Continue to keep a close eye on the water levels outdoors while pumping.
- Shovel out any residual mud.
- After most of the mud is out, use a high-pressure hose to blast away any remaining dirt and silt.
- Scrub walls, from the top down, using a household soap or detergent with a stiff brush.
- Air out the basement by opening doors and windows and running fans (check for shock hazards before plugging in fans).
- After the basement is aired out, run a dehumidifier. Continue running the dehumidifier until the water collection tub doesn’t collect any more water.
- To combat odors and microorganisms, use a bleach solution to mop your concrete floors. Make sure your windows are open when applying the bleach. Rinse with water and dry after five minutes.
Once you’ve dealt immediate cleanup, you might want to give Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling a call so that we can help you figure out why your basement flooded and what you can do to prevent this, and other plumbing catastrophes, from ever happening again.
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