How To Recover And Repair Your Basement From Water Damage

Posted on: 30 December 2016

Water damage in your residence can be very destructive. If you have a flood in your area that runs into your basement, it is most important to remove the water as soon as possible and completely dry and repair all surfaces. You can find many building and/or remodeling contractors that specialize in recovering and repairing your home from water damage. Once you find a contractor that you wish to hire, it is important to work closely with him or her so that you are knowledgeable of all the processes that they will use to repair your water damage. Here are some of the basic procedures that your building and/or remodeling contractor may use to repair your residence from water damage: 

Remove Basement Contents: Work with your building contractor to remove your possessions and stored items from your flooded basement. All basement contents should be taken out and allowed to thoroughly dry. Place all items in a protected area that is safe from more moisture such as your garage, a spare room in your residence, or in your attic if you have one. Allow all removed items to completely dry. As items dry, store items in plastic storage containers while repairs are being made to your flooded basement. 

Remove Basement Water:  Your building contractor will have hoses and pumps that he or she can use to remove all the standing water from your flooded basement. This water should be pumped out of your basement and released away from your residence. If you live in a city, have your building contractor pump the standing water into nearby gutters, and city sewer pipes. These channels will take the flood water away from your residence and deposit it into storm drains and catch basins and it will finally drain into local rivers and the ocean. 

Treat and Completely Dry Basement:  Remove any drywall that covers interior wall spaces that may hold water and moisture. It is most important to completely dry all interior spaces in your flooded basement so that mold cannot grow. If you see any mold stains or discoloration on your walls or floors, have your building contractor clean the stains and discoloration with a solution of water and bleach, or borax, or ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide. For optimal results, each of these chemicals must be mixed with water in different proportions depending on the severity of your mold infestation. Check with your local hardware and building supply store for the appropriate chemical to use in your location and the correct mixing proportions that are best for your specific water damage. After removing any mold stains or discoloration, your building contractor will use exhaust fans to thoroughly dry your wet basement. Place one or more exhaust fans in windows in your basement to blow any moist air out of the interior spaces. This drying procedure may take a few days or more to completely rid your basement of moisture. 

Replace Drywall:  Once you have thoroughly dried your basement interior, have your building contractor replace any drywall that you had to remove to have access to your interior wall spaces. Seal all drywall joints with drywall tape and joint compound. Patch and paint all wall and ceiling surfaces to protect them from damage from future flooding and moisture. 

Replace Basement Contents:  Once you have dried and repaired your basement walls, floors, and ceilings, you can begin to move your possessions back into your basement. If possible, store your possessions in large plastic storage containers with lids. These containers will help you to organize your possessions and keep them safe from future water damage. 

It is important that you protect yourself while you are working in the wet environment of your flooded basement. Wear gloves and a respirator mask while working in your wet basement at all times. Dispose of all damaged drywall and other moldy items by sealing them in heavy plastic bags and depositing them directly in the trash. Once you have repaired and restored your residence basement, it is best to devise a plan to prevent this type of flooding from happening again. Seal all doors and windows in your house from local precipitation and discuss building a possible exterior drainage system with your building contractor. With proper preparation and planning, you can prevent this from happening in your home in the future. 

For further information, you will want to contact a company such as Flood Doctor.


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