Too much rainfall can quickly flood your house floors, which may result in a severe mess. Imagine how you will feel having a soaked carpet, sofas filled with water and floating utensils, it may leave you a big question on what you should do to clean this mess. Experts say during a time like this, you should not delay. Take quick action to get rid of the water and repair all the damages caused to avoid mold growth in a few days. To ensure you are safe, contact your electrical company if there is a lot of water in the basement to disconnect the electricity. Before this is done, don’t touch anything electrical to avoid deadly shocks. Below are five tips to get rid of floodwater in your basement:
- Remove water
Get the water out as soon as possible by using a wet vac if the water level is as low as standing inch. You can also use the help of your neighbors to ensure the process takes a short time. If the damage caused is significant, get in touch with professionals, and if it is minor, use dry towels to wipe the water and dry them clean to prevent mold growth.
- Dry out the water
Technology has come up with dehumidifiers or fans that move air within the flooded area to reduce the chances of mildew or mold. These devices should be kept not less than six inches away from the walls to ensure proper air circulation. Their filters should always be kept clean by cleaning them at least once a week to keep them working efficiently.
- Scrub the floor
If your basement has vinyl tiles and other hard surfaces, scrub them by using chlorine bleach, which should not be more than one cup and add it to one gallon of water. You should wear rubber gloves and glasses for protection and ensure that the room is well ventilated.
- Inspect stairways, drains, and gutters
While wearing protective clothing, check the basements stairways and rains to remove any leaves, twigs, and silt. Make sure the drain screen is clean and, if need be, use a plunger to clean the drain. Make sure your gutters are also cleaned.
Rainfall is a good sign of weather and a source of water for both humans and plants. Still, once the amount becomes excess, it can lead to floods, which cause crop damage, unnecessary accidents, and many other damages that affect us negatively as humans. If your basement gets flooded, the above steps will ensure that your basement is back to its average.