Expert Water Removal
Basement floods are unfortunately quite common. Even if you haven’t had a flood yet, every home with a basement is at risk. The most common causes are heavy rainfall, burst pipes, or a failed sump pump. No matter what the cause is, a flooded basement needs to be dealt with immediately to prevent long-term damage.
Here are some tips on what you can do right away to help stop further damage to your property and some guidelines on when it’s best to call T & J Construction in to help with basement water removal in Plymouth, MN. If you need immediate assistance, call us at 612-249-8522.
Tips to Stop Basement Water Damage
The most important factor to consider before entering a wet basement is your safety. Is there any risk of electrical shock? Do you smell gas in any part of the basement? Is the flood water contaminated from potential sewage back-up? Has the basement structure been compromised? If you answered yes to any of these questions then do not enter and call us at 612-249-8522 immediately for quick assistance.
- How to Clean Up a Flooded Basement: If it’s safe to enter, there are several things you can do to get started cleaning up your flooded basement. Before you start, remember the first rule is always safety. Wear protective clothing, including rubber boots, safety glasses and gloves as you clean and inspect the basement. Make sure the space is well-ventilated, which also speeds the drying process.
- Retrieve and remove: The quicker your personal items can be removed from water, the better the chances for repair and restoration. You need to get items out of the basement and dry off any remaining dampness to reduce the likelihood of mold growth.
- Extract water: If the water is just a couple inches deep, you may be able to remove it using a wet/dry vacuum or portable sump pump. Both of these items can be rented rather than purchased. If you’re wading through several inches of water or more, you’ll likely need to call in professionals who have the proper equipment to deal with the excessive amount of water.
- Remove rugs: Any area rugs need to be removed and dried out immediately. If possible, hang area rugs outdoors to dry or opt for professional cleaning. If the basement was carpeted, you may have to remove the carpet. Water can damage not only the carpet fibers but also the glue, backing, padding and underlayment, leaving the carpet at higher risk for mold. However, do not attempt to remove tacked-down carpeting yourself, leave it to the professionals.
- Run a dehumidifier and fans: To prevent the development of mold after a basement flood, it’s essential to keep the level of humidity as low as possible. If the weather is favorable, open any and all windows you can, then run a dehumidifier and fans to increase ventilation and lower the humidity levels.
- Clean and disinfect: After the water is extracted and the basement thoroughly dried, the whole space needs to be cleaned and disinfected. Carefully wash and sterilize anything the flood waters touched that you were able to salvage.
- Keep an inventory list: As each item is removed from your flooded basement and treated for water damage, add it to an inventory list. Keep a record of all the details regarding what was damaged in the flood, and hold onto estimates and receipts from any restoration or repair procedures. These documents will support any insurance claim you plan to make.
Akways Ready to Help
T&J Construction & Damage Restoration has been helping homes and businesses cope with basement water removal and damage in Plymouth, MN for several years as well as in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas like Brooklyn Park, MN. When your basement floods, call us at 612-249-8522 to handle the water mitigation, water extraction, drying, and any necessary mold removal.