It is the middle of the night and you hear a noise, and then, you hear rushing water. The problem is a burst pipe that has begun to quickly fill your basement with water. What are you going to do first? Take a deep breath and put on a good pair of boots because it is going to be a long night and morning. You will need to get the problem under control; first, turning off the water, then getting started with the cleanup. Here are some tips to make haste cleaning up a flooded basement to reduce damage:
1. Taking the First Steps, Safety and Turning Off the Source of Water
The first steps you take when cleaning up water damage should be safety. Make sure you wear a good pair of rubber boots if you need to walk through water. Before you do any cleaning, turn off the service to the water where the pipe is burst. It is also a good idea to turn off the electrical service in the basement to avoid electric shock hazards. In addition, if there is a problem with sewer backup, make sure you do not come in contact with the flood water and wear protective clothing.
2. Methods of Pumping Water Out of Your Flooded Basement Safely
There are many different methods of getting water out of your basement. Using a submersible pump is the easiest way to get the water out quickly and safely. You can rent commercial submersible pumps from tool rental services, which you may want to use more than one. In addition, hoses can be used to siphon out water that has filled up your basement. For the smaller pools of water that may have sediments and debris, use a wet-and-dry vacuum to clean.
3. Cleaning and Removing Materials That Are at Risk of Mold Growth
Once you have most of the water out of the basement, you will be ready to start cleaning. Remove materials that are absorbent, such as carpet, drywall, and wood trim. These absorbent materials are more likely to harbor mold spores, pathogens, and contaminants that came in with the water. If the carpet has not been in contact with raw sewage it can be reused; otherwise throw it away and have new carpet installed.
These are some tips to help you clean up the mess in your basement. Contact emergency restoration services to help cleaning and repairs that are needed to get your basement back in order.