Any basement can flood. However, some homeowners assume that just because they don’t live in a high-risk flood area, or perhaps live in a state that doesn’t experience a ton of rainfall, that their basement is safe from flooding. Whether you’ve stumbled into:
- an in-ground pool you don’t remember building in your basement
- you simply want to learn how to prepare for future flooding possibilities
We’ve got your basement water damage restoration tips.
Basement Water Damage Restoration Tips
There’s no universal answer for what causes a basement to flood. Plumbing leaks, excessive rainfall, melting snow, leaky windows or even a basement foundation leak could be contributing to the water in your basement. Because water always run from high to low ground, water is prone to entering even the smallest cracks and flaws that lead into the lowest level of your house: your basement.
Plumbing leaks are caused by a burst or leaking pipe, waste line, washing machine supply hose or water tank or heater. If your valve is buried in the ground, you might have to call a professional plumber with specific tools to turn it off. A plumber will also have access to a high-capacity pump that will be able to get all the water out of your basement before it sits too long and starts to soak into your drywall or carpeting.
Sewage leaks are caused by a septic tank backup or clogged sewer line. You’ll want to start the cleanup process as soon as possible by first turning off your faucets and not flushing your toilets until the leak is addressed. However, most of the real cleanup should be left to the professionals, as sewage leaks can be hazards if not handled quickly and correctly.
Foundation Leaks Basement Water Damage Restoration in Omaha
Basement foundation leaks are caused by excessive amounts of:
- poor yard drainage
- sewer backups
Seeping water into your basement from faults in the foundation. In this case, you’ll need to call a foundation contractor to inspect your basement, find the cause of the flood and suggest a solution to sealing your foundation from future leaks.
How Do A DIY Fix a Basement Water Damage Restoration?
If there is only a relatively small amount of water, you may be able to mitigate some of the flood damage by beginning the drying process on your own. Remove as much flood water as possible with wet-dry vacuums and pumps.
After water removal, dry out the affected area with fans and dehumidifiers to prevent mold and mildew from forming. If possible, open doors and windows to help maximize air circulation. Remember, water removal is just the first step. Simple drying techniques are often not enough when removing water after a flood.
Surface cleaning only removes visible contamination. Microorganisms are often left behind, which can potentially cause health problems and unpleasant odors. All surfaces affected by water damage must be thoroughly:
In order to properly eliminate mold, bacteria, fungi, and other viruses. Everything that has come into contact with the floodwater must be cleaned.
In many cases, carpet and padding often cannot be cleaned well enough to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. The same goes for sub-flooring made of plywood or particle board. If your basement is finished, you may need to:
- cut out and throw away the affected drywall
- remove any affected insulation
- you may also need to remove baseboard trim
Disinfect Every Surface
Every single thing that was touched by water needs to be addressed immediately. By using a mixture of hot water, heavy-duty cleaner and a scrub brush on your walls and flooring, you’ll be able to kill most of the bacteria and prevent mold growth in your basement.
Of course, the process of removing water-damage items and surface cleaning can be taxing. If you’d rather have a professional address the damage in your home, you can either get a:
- recommendation from your homeowners insurance company
- call a water remediation/restoration service that can do the cleaning for you
H2O Pros | Restoration Water Damage Omaha Services
In any case that you have a basement flood, or any other type of water damage in your home or building, give us a call or fill out our contact form. Flood damage never happens at a convenient time, and that is why H2O Pros in Omaha makes it a priority to be available for you around the clock, 365 days a year.
Our commitment is satisfaction, safety, and the most efficient water damage cleanup project possible. Here are a few more benefits for hiring a water damage remediation company in Omaha:
- Speed and Efficiency
- Minimizing Financial Loss
Give us call for any flood or water damage inside your residential or commercial properties.