There are some damage control measures you could do by yourself when dealing with flooded Basements. Please note these tips are no substitute for expert help from a licensed water damage contractor.
South California including Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside and Ventura county are no strangers to flood and water damage. It is of utmost importance that you act quickly and delicately in order to make sure and prevent mold from destroying your home’s foundation. Before trying to clean the mess, take a good look at the damaged area. Observe how much water is present and how much time has passed since it’s been sitting there. If it is not so much water, you might consider to take care of its removal yourself, but it is always better to consult with a water damage specialist first.
Before entering the basement and touching anything, you need to turn the power off, make double sure the power supply is disconnected and find a big flashlight. If the power has gone off, be sure that all switches are turned off, just in case the power returns. This is of utmost importance in order to avoid getting a shock.
In this situation, you will need a generator or a power source, because you won’t have the power to use fans or water pumps. A very important step that will save you time is finding all the entrances and make sure that they are closed, so that the water won’t refill like a fountain in your basement.
It cannot be stressed enough that all standing water must be cleared promptly. The longer you leave the water, the more likely it becomes with every minute that the house will be structurally damaged. In instances like these where time is of the essence, it is highly recommended to call in the help of a water damage specialist. In the mean time, you can use a sump pump if you have one. If you don’t have one, borrow or rent a wet shop vac or just ask your friends to help you get rid of the water using anything you can find. Time is essential, so try to do the job as fast as you can.
Once again, the help of a water damage expert is the best way to go; your untrained eye may miss hidden cavities and areas that water may have seeped into causing untold misery and long term damage in the months and years to come. Better safe than sorry, so our advice is to always call in certified water damage experts. They have the necessary knowledge and equipment to mitigate the water damage.
.Ventilation is very important after bailing the water out. You need to find any ventilation source possible and use it. If it is not raining, you have to open all the windows and doors to obtain the airflow. Plug in fans if you have a powerful generator. This thing will also stop mold from appearing in the basement and damaging your house. Remove all the objects from the basement or most of them. Make some piles with your objects, one to keep and one to throw away. Furniture has very little chances to survive a flood without being damaged and you can get rid of it immediately. Ask your family and friends to help you with that, since it is an emotional and hard task to accomplish. Now you can think about getting all cleaned up.
Remember to call your water damage specialist to check the causes that leaded to your flooded Basement.