If your home has a basement and you have recently experienced heavy rains for an extended period, a flooded basement may be inevitable. That can cause a lot of stress as there are tons of things you need to do right away. Before calling a water damage restoration company because of a flooded basement, check out these five simple steps you can take to clean up the water yourself.
Assess the situation
The first thing you need to do before cleaning up a flooded basement is to assess the situation. Look to see how much water has accumulated in the basement and locate the water’s point of entry. Go into the basement and look for areas where the water is getting in through. Also, check for holes and punctures in the walls and windows.
Pump the water out
Once you see how much water is in the basement and you have marked the areas where water is coming in, you can begin pumping the water out. There are several companies that you could hire for this job, with their service fees depending on the amount of water needed to be pumped.
If there is only a small amount of water and you don’t have the cash to pay a professional, you can rent a water pump, or you can take it out bucket by bucket. Just be sure to finish it off with towels or rags to dry the entire area.
Patch up holes and seal the area
After all the water has been pumped out, you are going to need to patch up the places where the water is coming from. There are several waterproofing concoctions that you can apply to form an airtight seal and keep the water out. If the water is coming in from an upper window, you may either board it up or replace it with a new waterproof window.
Check for areas you may have missed
With all of the water out of the flooded basement and the areas the water was intruding repaired, be sure to test it by spraying a water hose or dumping buckets of water around the area. If there is any water still leaking in re-apply the waterproof sealing paste and try again.
Dry the area thoroughly
With everything ready to go regarding waterproofing, you may now clean up any water damaged items you store in the basement. Make sure to remove everything that got exposed to water damage, so you don’t develop a mold problem.
A flooded basement can be a pain to clean up, especially if you don’t have enough cash to hire professionals to do it. But, who says you can’t do it yourself? Follow the steps above and you can have the job done in just a few days.