Flooded basements cause homeowners plenty of headaches and unnecessary expense. Water may well leak inside by seeping through the floorboards or wall surfaces, and also from ducts or vents that have not been sealed appropriately. The water does not have any reasonable way out if the home hasn't been properly constructed. Basement flooding can also result in major mold issues, bad odors and slime! A little effort in maintaining a dry basement could prevent flooded basements in case of heavy rainfall or extreme snow melting. Of course your local water table can have a great impact on flooding.
There are many things you should know about if your basement is flooded. First, before getting into a flooded basement, be sure that the electricity and gas has been switched off. Doors and windows should be opened where possible to allow fresh air to flow through the basement. Structural water damage to walls have to be checked both from the inside and outside. Preventive measures like sealing joints between walls and floor and moving water drainage pipes far from low lying areas around the house can prevent flooded basements before they happen.
The first and main part of restoring a flooded basement to normalcy would be to pump out the water. This can be done using a gas pump or one that's been attached to an electric line outside the house. Connecting a pump to the electrical system in the home may prove to be dangerous. As a structural precaution, care needs to be taken so that the water is not pumped out too quickly from the basement; this might result in the walls being pushed up leading to structural damage. Pumping out the water could even be expanded over a duration of 3 to 4 days, depending on how much there may be.
After the water has been pumped out, the actual cleaning process commences. If you are cleaning the basement, you will have to wear protective gear like gloves and boots. Begin by picking out contaminated and wet garbage from the floor; using a shovel is suggested. Look for any debris or mud on the floor. Flooring and wall surfaces may also be hosed to clean them up. The basement needs to be dried up using a heating system or a home dehumidifier before moving items into the area.
Lots of structural damage can occur in a basement after a flood. Buckled wall surfaces, settled or heaved floors, crumbled walls will require immediate repair. If there's any question as to the extent of the damage, a structural engineer, experienced contractor, or even your local building inspector could be consulted. Breaks on wall surfaces require special equipment, especially given that they may lead into more severe structural damage for the walls at a later stage. A cracked or heaved floor might need to be completely replaced if it can't be repaired. Getting in touch with a professional from Anchored Walls will be required for major structural repair.
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