Water in your basement can cause a lot of damage. If you act quickly, you can minimize the damage and possibly save some of your prized possessions. Your amount of success will depend on how quickly you are able to act.
- Determine if its safe to enter your basement, even a small amount of water can pose a hazard.
- Unplug and move any electronics, furniture, and other movable items to a dry area. The faster you can get things away from the water, the more likely you’ll be able to save them.
- Pull carpet and under padding away from the walls to prevent water absorbing up the drywall.
- Get rid of the water. If there is a lot of water, you may need to rent a pump but for most people a wet/dry vac, old towels, and mops should do the trick. Be very careful when using anything electric!
- Dry out the effected area. Use fans and maybe a dehumidifier to help dry out the area. If the rain has stopped, open up windows to allow more air circulation. You want to get the effected area dried out as fast as possible. In finished basements with effected drywall, you will likely have to cut away any places that were touched by water. The paper backing on drywall is a great food source for mold.
- Disinfect! After the area has dried out, including wood beams, insulation, drywall, etc., use a good disinfectant to get rid of any bacteria that might have come up through sewers, toilets, etc. Disinfect all areas affected by the water including walls and wood and non-upholstered furniture that sat in water.
- Dispose of damaged items responsibly. Check with your local government to see how best to proceed.