After a big storm hits the Phoenix area, many homeowners are left with the unpleasant task of flooded basement cleanup. When dealing with floodwaters, quick action must be taken to minimize the danger that a large amount of water can pose to your home and health.
Safety First for Water in Basement Clean-up
A flooded basement can pose many dangers both above and below the waterline. The first step to the basement clean-up process is to make sure it is safe to enter.
Standing water means an increased risk of an electric shock if electric outlets or wiring come in contact with the water. If there is standing water in your basement, you should contact a professional. Only professional plumbers or flood restoration service providers should navigate standing water during the basement clean-up process.
Important: If the water line approaches your furnace or water heater, contact the gas company immediately to have the gas turned off. Vacate the premises immediately if gas can be smelled in the home. Read more about Arizona Floods!
Locate the Flood Source
Locating the source of the flooding is essential to stopping water from entering your basement. If you can do so safely, thoroughly inspect the area to determine where the water is coming in.
If you are unable to stop where the water is coming from on your own, an experienced basement flooding restoration technician will be able to effectively plug up the source.
Save and Remove What You Can
Once it is safe to enter the area, begin unplugging all electronics and salvaging your belongings. Move as many belongings as possible to higher ground, prioritizing your most critical valuable items first, such as documents, family heirlooms, and keepsakes.
Dry It Out
The quicker you can dry out the affected area, the quicker the process of flooded basement cleanup can be completed. Mops and buckets will do the job if the floodwater is relatively shallow, but if the standing water is more than an inch you can use a submersible pump or a wet/dry vac (these items can be found at your local hardware store).
Even after the water is removed, your basement will remain damp. Open up the basement windows, use fans to move the damp air, and/or use space heaters to help evaporate the water quicker. Keep in mind that it may not be safe to use electronic equipment to help dry out your basement as outlets may be damaged by water. Speak with a licensed electrician or flood remediation specialist before using your electrical outlets.
Let the Clean-Up Begin
Do not attempt to salvage ruined items such as:
- Electronics damaged by water
- Fabric that has been wet for an extended period
- Rugs, carpeting, and drywall that were submerged under flood water
The most significant danger posed by a flooded basement is the formation of harmful mold and bacteria. To prevent mold from growing after your basement has flooded:
- Thoroughly clean the walls and floors. Dry and repeat.
- Clean furniture that has come in contact with floodwater.
- Use mold control products to wipe down all exposed areas.
If your home or basement has flooded, enlist the help of the professionals. With years of experience serving the Phoenix area, we, at Cardinal Clean, pride ourselves on providing the best service at the most reasonable rates.
Our trained and experienced technicians use the latest equipment and methods to safely perform comprehensive flooded basement cleanup that will get your home back to normal quickly and safely. Call for your free estimate today: (480) 247-7724 or email us.