Electricity and standing water form a deadly combination, so it’s very important to make sure that the electrical supply to your basement is shut down before we start any work. If the water heater is located in the basement, we shut off the gas supply.
If flooding is more than an inch deep, remove the water with a submersible pump and hose setup that runs off a generator upstairs. Most models can be lowered into deep water with a nylon rope suspending the pump and its electrical connection from a ceiling joist.
Once we removed the water, clear everything out of the basement.
Soaked carpet or tile flooring must be pulled up and cleared out of the area so that the basement’s concrete floor surface can begin drying out. We Check baseboards, door frames and sheet rock for signs of water damage, and inspect the sump pump to see if it’s still operational.
After we removed all the water and we make sure that it’s safe to restore power, run multiple fans to circulate basement air from floor to ceiling 24/7. Position them at different elevations to create cross-ventilation throughout the area.
Dehumidifiers are installed and also help pull moisture out of the air, but their collection reservoirs fill up quickly, so we keep a close eye on the equipment. Understanding that it can take days to thoroughly dry out a flooded basement. Customer must be patient because the process is critical to discouraging mold growth.
After a basement floods, mold starts growing within 24 hours, so it’s very important to clean and disinfect all surfaces. Scrub hard surfaces with a bleach and water mixture, and treat porous materials with fungicidal cleaners formulated to prevent mold growth.