Mother Nature just unleashed her fury upon your home and now your basement is flooded. What’s worse, most insurance does not include flood damage and yours isn’t any different. How do you ensure that the ensuing water damage does not decrease the value of your home? Appropriate restoration equipment and some initiatives from your end will ensure that you never have to sell your home at half its market price –
Use an Air Blower
If your home is flooded chances are that any electronic or wooden items might not have fared so well either. That blender and generator cost a lot. It would be a shame to let them go to waste. Fortunately restoration equipment like an industrial air blower will come in handy during times like these. Just make sure that you dry out any equipment or furniture as soon as you can. You do not want a mahogany cabinet going moldy.
Disconnect the Power First
The faster you get your electronics out of their watery prison, the more likely will you be able to save them. Save the electric items before the furniture and switch the power off before doing so. If the flood leaves a fair amount of damage there could be some live wires lying about. You won’ be able to see them under water. This should be your first priority especially if the water rises up to the electrical outlets.
Get rid of the Water
This goes without saying. You cannot use any restoration equipment if your basement is still flooded. The point of an air blower is to dry items after they have been rescued. If there isn’t too much water to sop up you can use some towels to get rid of it. Pour the water down the drain if your sewers aren’t backed up already. You can also use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to do so. Make sure that you plug the restorative equipment away from the water.
Once you have mopped up the excess water, use a dehumidifier to dry out the area completely. This will prevent any nasty molds from growing on your rugs or beams. Open the windows if it has stopped raining and air out the affected area. You want to get as much moisture out as possible. The area will also dry out faster that way.
You will probably have to cut away any dry walls that have been affected. Dry walls might not be salvageable if they are made from pressboard. However, wooden dry walls can be saved provided that you dry them up with appropriate restoration equipment.
Do not throw away any damaged items. Instead, take them to the nearest recycling center where they can be put to good use instead. Fortunately, your air blower or dehumidifier will ensure that you never have to throw away too many items. Do your home a favor and invest in restorative equipment. Your home’s real estate value will be better off for it.