Basement Flooding What to Do Restoration Repair

Water damage from a flooded basement? It happens.

Broken pipe burst from the ceiling? Drainage water basement floodBasement Flooding What to Do? Sewage clean up needing removed? High humidity causing water and mold damage? Restoration basement flood needed? All of these are examples of accidental water damage that can cause extreme damage to your home and family and that need cleaned up fast.

First, call us at 619.597.2003 immediately. 

We are available 24/7 and can walk you through the process and steps for the basement flood cleanup. Our technicians are IICRC Certified, will have all the drying equipment needed for starting upon your approval, and can be at your home in less than 1 hour.

“Basement flooding what to do” is a frequently asked question from customers and there are several options, depending on your specific case. All cases will have this in common:

  • Remove the standing water
  • If a Category 3 sewage water loss, remove anything porous and non-strucural, otherwise follow protocol for drying acceptable items in-place
  • If mold exists, evaluate mold in basement remediation solutions
  • Sanitize all affected areas of the basement flood
  • Setup drying equipment to remove moisture
  • Check equipment daily
  • Remove equipment when all is dry
  • Address the issue that caused the flood

Basement flooding what to do solutions are outlined below.  

Basement flooding what to do for removing water are shown below. To the right is a photo of an example of soil needing removed for restoration.

  • Soil removal (by hand, mechanically)Basement Flooding What to Do: sometimes the top soil of a flood needs to be removed if there is exposed soil
  • Absorbent application: if there is dirt in your basement or areas with heavy debris, sometimes a powdered absorbent can help remove it and can be especially helpful for the last bit of standing water
  • Extraction (i.e. use of a sump pump, water extractor with extension hose, rapid removal water pump): we have several extraction tools depending on the clearance, situation, and access
Basement flooding what to do for drying out water flooding are shown below. To the right is a photo of an example desiccant dehumidifying machine.

  • Dehumidification with a desiccant drying machineBasement Flooding What to Do: a desiccant uses small beads to increase the surface of air passing through the machine to expedite drying.  They also work better in lower temperatures than LGR dehumidifiers, which is helpful in cooler basements.  These are the work horses for stopping a mold basement situation
  • Dehumidification with a low grain refrigerant (LGR) machine: these machines remove moisture from the air like desiccants but use a normal condensation process
  • Drying using heat machines: increasing the heat in a room will expedite drying since water particles in the air will move faster and be able to be extracted quicker
  • Drying using air movement machines: increasing the speed of the air passing over wet areas will put more moisture in the air to be removed by the dehumidifiers
Basement flooding what to do for sanitizing the affected area are shown below. To the right is a photo of an example antimicrobial application product.

  • Vacuuming using HEPA machinesBasement Flooding What to Do hepa vacuum: this will remove the tiny, tiny particles that if left behind could cause harm
  • Air filtration using HEPA machines: these will remove the same particles from the air when they inevitably begin to float around.  It will also stop things like mold and other harmful contaminants from moving to other parts of the home
  • Antimicrobial cleaning: an antimicrobial application will kill all bacteria and viruses
  • Air filtration using HEPA machines: these will remove the same particles from the air when they inevitably begin to float around.  It will also stop things like mold and other harmful contaminants from moving to other parts of the home
  • Deep cleaning: using a surfactant such as an industrial grade soap with water and a lot of elbow grease will remove the majority of contaminants form affected surfaces
  • Cleaning using soda blasting: think of this as a high powered hose with baking soda in it.  The baking soda hits the surface a technician is pointing at and removes a small top layer from the surface where all can be cleaned up with HEPA vacuuming and air filtration
  • Cleaning using dry ice blasting: similar to soda blasting, this uses dry ice to remove the top layer our technicians point the hose at
Basement flooding what to do for fixing the flood from reoccurring are shown below. Fixing the issue from where the basement flooded is paramount to ensure basement mold damage does not occur. Our technicians use processes that will stop basement mold growth without the need for mold restoration. To the right is a photo of an example copper pipe water line burst.

  • Water pipe burst issueBasement Flooding What to Do flood: copper, PVC, PEX, etc type pipe can be repaired.  We can coordinate a plumber to fix the issue and help locate the source
  • Rainwater drainage issue: this can be from an improper sealed basement wall, insufficient drainage, French drain clogging, wrongly sized or non existent roof rain gutters, etc.  We can help coordinate finding the issue and finding a roofer, drainage contractor, etc to fix the problem
  • High humidity issue: this is especially prevalent in high humidity areas along the coast. Sometime a simple fix like increasing air movement, air exhaust, or a permanent dehumidifier or air conditioner can be the solutions.  We can help coordinate the best solution
  • Drain or sewage water backup issue: we can coordinate a plumber to fix the backup so that the drain is opened back to normal
  • Unknown issue: many times it is difficult to know where the water is coming from. We have several leak detection and moisture meters for determining where basement floods originate from so you know what to do.  We can also coordinate specialized lead detectors if needed

 

We are available 24/7 at 619.597.2003 for your flooded basement what to do questions and solutions.

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