How to Clean Up a Flooded Crawlspace, Basement, or Slab Leak

Flooding under houses is a common occurrence. Many homes are located on steep hills or surrounded by higher homes. When there is a sprinkler flood, a slow or sudden flooding from a swimming pool, a supply line break in the ground, or flooding from rainwater, for example, and a home is downhill from the source, it makes the home prone to flooding. We have seen many cases of this. Some cases are caused by insufficient drainage, other cases are just things that you wouldn’t predict like a broken sprinkler head from a next door neighbor that has been going on for days undetected.

The first step is to extract the water. This may be standing water in a basement, crawlspace, or first floor concrete slab leak. Depending on the situation this can be done with one of our “flood pumpers” or another water pumping machine. Then the real work begins.

All areas affected will then need to be checked for moisture content. Additionally, the type of water that is present will need to be evaluated in order to determine if the porous materials that came in contact with the water need to be removed or if they can be dried in place. For example, sewage water will require all items in contact with them to be removed that are porous whereas clean water from a slab leak inside a home will allow for the items to be saved, if possible. This is due to the nature of the contaminants within the water and their potential harmful effects to the occupants of the building.

After the extent of the moisture is mapped out then the appropriate drying and air moving devises will be setup to dry the structure out. We have specialty drying equipment that can save thousands of dollars on the total bill. For example, the use of desiccants and forced air heaters can expedite the drying process. Additionally, we have processes such as containment setup that minimizes the amount of air needed to dry and therefore reduces the amount of equipment on-site, reducing the cost of the work. This drying will continue for the number of days it takes to bring the structure back to normal moisture content.

Many times we will use an absorbent material in a crawlspace to remove the excess standing water. And lastly an antimicrobial is applied to the soil and affected areas if the water is of a contaminated nature.

Additionally, the advice and expertise of a professional who can stop future flooding will need to be sought. Sometimes this is a plumber in a case of a slab leak. Other times it is a landscaper in case of a drainage issue. Other times it is a roofer in case of flooding from a roof line into a crawlspace or split level home layout.  Many times we can help you in determining a company to use to address these issues.  Just ask us.

We are available 24/7 for emergency service and can be on-site with 1 hour or less. We provide water, fire, and mold remediation and associated construction services. Give us a call at 619.597.2003 for an assessment.

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