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2 Tips For A Safe And Successful Flood Cleanup

Elizabeth Mendoza

Few things are worse than arriving home and discovering a basement filled with water. Unfortunately, because basements are typically the lowest plane of your house, they are prone to ground water, sewage, and appliance failures that can cause extensive flooding. Here are two tips for a safe and successful flood cleanup so that you can get your house back to normal:

1: Use the Right Tools

Those spare buckets and dry towels might seem like they would do the trick, but if you have a large-scale flood on your hands, you might need better equipment to detect and remove moisture. Here are a few tools you should consider renting or purchasing, so that you can get the job done in a jiffy:

  • Submersible Pumps: Unlike handheld buckets or bulky shop vacuums, submersible pumps can be set up in a few minutes to pump water outdoors. These pumps typically contain long hoses that can be routed outside to storm drains or sewage lines so that you can move water far away from your place.
  • Infrared Cameras: It isn't always easy to detect water damage, which is why infrared cameras come in handy. Infrared cameras use temperature changes to detect water penetration so that you can remove soaked drywall or insulation before it starts to mold.  
  • Air Movers: The air inside of flooded rooms can become filled with humidity, which can make it hard to dry out your belongings. Fortunately, high-powered air movers have heavy-duty motors that can circulate air into your space.  
  • Air Scrubbers: If that water has been sitting for a few days, your air might be filled with contaminants like mold spores. Fortunately, air scrubbers use fine filters to catch small particles and pathogens and fans to move dirty air outdoors.

If you don't feel comfortable investing in better flood cleanup tools, consider hiring a professional flood damage contractor to take care of the mess for you. In addition to bringing in the proper equipment, contractors can also bring along enough manpower to dry up your place quickly and effectively.  

2: Remove Water Slowly

As soon as you get that submersible pump in place, you might be ready to switch it on and let it run overnight. Unfortunately, removing water from your basement too quickly can cause more problems than it solves.

When water fills your basement, the weight of the water pushes against the exterior walls that give your home structural stability. Water can also penetrate the soil that surrounds your place. When a basement floods, the pressure from the outside equalizes with the weight of the water inside, which is why your home stays upright. However, if you remove indoor floodwater too quickly, the pressure from the wet soil can become greater than the weight of the water inside, which can damage your walls. In extreme cases, exterior studs can break and cause full-scale home collapses.  

To avoid problems, experts recommend removing interior floodwater slowly. After you have installed your pump, mark the water level on one of your walls with a permanent marker. Remove two or three feet of water each day until the water is all gone. Each day, make a new mark on the wall so that you can track your progress. By moving water slowly, it gives the surrounding groundwater a chance to drain away while the interior water is removed. Fortunately, if you work with a team of professional damage contractors, they can track the water removal process for you. They can also look for signs of structural damage that you might miss.  

By understanding proper flood cleanup and working with the professionals, you might be able to remove excess water safely and effectively.


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Do you desperately desire to remodel your kitchen? Before you can begin this worthwhile task, you’ll need to secure a reputable contractor in your area. Inform this professional of your specific wants and needs for your space. For instance, you might wish to remove the wall separating your kitchen from your living room. Your contractor can determine if this wall is a load bearing one. You may also want to move the sink in your kitchen from one location to another one. On this blog, I hope you will discover valuable tips to help you design the kitchen of your dreams. Enjoy!