The importance of rapid basement flood cleanup

Posted by Matt Buchanan

Having a flooded basement is one of the worst experiences a homeowner will ever face. The problems are only beginning the moment water rises, flooding out furnaces, appliances and personal items that are stored in the basement.

Flooded basementThe immense task surfaces after the water recedes, beginning the process of a basement flood cleanup. Homeowners can do the cleanup on their own for the most part, but it’s always a good idea to hire professionals to finish the job. Mold is at the top of the list for problems to arise, but other problems lurk behind the drywall, waiting for the most inopportune moment to arise.

Bacteria, pathogens, and spores are the biggest health risks that literally bloom after a basement flood. The dangers are even greater when the flood is caused by a sewer or septic tank overflow. No matter what has caused the flood, a proper basement flood cleanup is imperative.  Minimizing and eliminating the damage to property and health is the number one goal post-flood.

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You may think that the problem can be put off because you’re living above the affected area, but nothing could be further from reality. Mold and pathogens are airborne, and easily reach daily living quarters where everyone’s quality of life is affected, including pets. Never delay: hire a professional for a flooded basement cleanup as soon as possible.

Think about what’s kept in the basement for a moment. There could be toys, clothes, linens, even furniture. All of these materials are not waterproof by any means, and readily absorb the water, providing a home for the aforementioned pollutants. The odds are high that you’ll have to throw most of these items to the curb as cleanup isn’t always possible. A professional restoration outfit may be able to salvage some items with cleaning solutions, but prepare to lose many of your belongings. This is just the beginning of the flooded basement cleanup; there is more to take care of than you may realize.

The materials that make up the walls in the basement are porous, sucking up water like a sponge. You may only have a couple of inches of water on the floor, but drywall and wooden wall studs draw it up much farther than that. The end result is that you have damaged walls that need to be pulled out, or risk mold colonies. The problem with mold is that once it gets into a basement, it’s very difficult to get rid of. You’d be surprised at where mold can take hold; it winds up in places you’ll never expect. Professional cleanup crews get into the basement, pull out all of the waterlogged materials, and seek out locations where they know mold likes to thrive.

Basement flood cleanup is an involved and dirty job, and comes with its own set of dangers. Preserve your health and hire professionals who have the proper equipment to protect theirs while restoring your basement.

 

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About Matt Buchanan

I grew up in Irving, TX and left for Nashville, TN for college. After college I lived in Washington, DC and then in Cairo, Egypt. After coming back to the states, I spent a couple of years back in Dallas before moving with my wife to Denver!
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