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How To Fix a Flooded Basement

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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How To Fix a Flooded Basement

A basement flood can cause damage to your home, decorative items, and personal belongings. If you have a substantial amount of unwanted water, you may wonder how you will ever return things to normal. Luckily, insurance coverage usually includes damage from flooding, and industry experts can safely and effectively remove water, replace damaged items, and may even be able to restore personal belongings such as artwork. Here are five steps that most water remediation companies use to fix water damage.

1. Extract the Water
If the floodwater goes above electrical outlets, it is important that you stay out of the water completely. Going in could cause electrocution. If the water is lower, you may be able to use a plastic step stool to turn off the power. If you do not need to go into the water, then don't. Once the experts get onsite, they will begin extracting the water using specialized pumping systems.

2. Dry the Area
The faster the area dries, the less likely it is that your flooded basement will develop mold. Professionals use industrial-grade fans to circulate air and dry the area more quickly.

3. Remove Damaged Items
Electrical appliances, drywall, or flooring that has been submerged in water will likely need to be removed and replaced. Some personal items may be able to be restored. Your restoration team can discuss restoring individual items after a basement flood.

4. Clean and Disinfect
Flood water can carry germs, so the area may need specialized disinfection. The cause of the flooded basement will help determine what types of cleaning agents need to be used.

5. Restore the Area
This last step is when your home begins to return to normal. During this final stage, drywall and flooring are replaced, paint is redone, and other finishing touches are completed.
Cleanup from a basement flood requires more than just cleaning up the water. When you work with a professional water remediation company, you can quickly return your home in Tullytown, PA, to its pre-flood condition.

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