At the right time, a rainstorm can be relaxing and enchanting. It quenches the thirst of parched grass, creates a rhythmic song on windows and rooftops, and soothes summer heatwaves. However, in the wrong place and in the wrong amount, a rainstorm can be devastating, leading to flooded basements and damaged homes. If your basement has taken a long and not so enjoyable bath, scroll down to learn how to restore a flooded basement.
How to Restore a Flooded Basement
Start with safety. Right away, you need to turn off the power in your home to prevent dangerous electrical accidents. Then, call your insurance agency to see if you are covered (unfortunately, most homeowner policies don’t cover water damage). Finally, get the water out safely (you will probably need to call a basement waterproofing company), and have the space inspected for structural damage.
Clean out the mud, muck, and debris. Next, start shoveling out all of the mud and debris the flood left behind. We recommend that you do this while it is still wet, as dried and hardened debris is much harder to remove. If you’re dealing with any sewage, be sure to sanitize the area as well. Dispose of any items that can’t be completely dried in 48 hours, as they run the risk of growing mold and mildew. This includes wood, carpet, fabric, drywall, and fiberglass insulation. Then, dehumidify the entire basement, seeking out and removing any excess moisture.
Give your basement a suit of armor. Why did the basement flood to begin with? Determine why and where the water entered, so that you can protect the basement against future floods. You may need to have a waterproofing company replace (or install) a sump pump system or install an internal drain tile to prevent future water damage. Of course, many flooded basements are caused by acts of nature, like heavy rainfalls or hurricanes, which are unavoidable and unpreventable.
Hire a contractor. Before you dig in to this restoration, consult a contractor. Your contractor can help you decide where to start, which items to salvage, and how to check for major behind-the-scenes damage. Plus, their expert advice will be useful throughout the entire process, from repairs and restoration to installing new features and rebuilding walls.
Plan for puddles. Although we certainly hope this doesn’t happen to you again, there is always a chance that your basement will confront another flood in the future. So, as you’re planning your new basement’s features, look for materials that won’t be damaged by water. Choose flooring and wall materials that are 100% waterproof and non-absorbent, and move valuable belongings toward the ceiling and away from the walls.
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Some basements will require more restoration work than others, of course. Take your time and make careful decisions if you want to build a basement even more valuable and beautiful than the one the rain destroyed.
If you’re restoring your house after a damaging flood and you live in the southwest Missouri area, please give Adam Cowherd Construction a call at 417-268-7199 or click here for a free quote. We would love to help you build the home of your dreams!