Whether dealing with a completely submerged basement flood, a burst pipe, or minor water penetration, let DRIcore provide you some suggestions for dealing with your basement moisture restoration situation.
Find out where the water is coming from and stop the leak. Limit exposure to the floodwater and moisture. It may be contaminated. Take measures to ensure proper moisture clean-up (see website links below) or consult a professional. Respond quickly. The longer the water stands the worse the damage will be mold and mildew can begin to grow within 24-48 of a moisture situation. Determine how far the water has penetrated. Check floor coverings, walls, and furniture for moisture and dampness. If water has penetrated your basement, the potential for hidden growth is likely, and a professional should be contacted. Remove everything from the wet area. This includes furniture, cabinets, electronics gear – everything. Lift up your finished floor and under-padding. Dry and clean the area thoroughly. See attached web links for further water removal details. Once the water has been removed continue the drying process by introducing fans and blowers to circulate the air in your basement to sufficiently evaporate the remaining moisture.
If a flood means a complete basement makeover is necessary follow these useful steps to renovating and protecting your comfortable basement living space:
Consider hiring a professional to have your basement restored. This will ensure that all basement moisture situations are dealt with appropriately. Install vapor barriers on the drywall and install a moisture barrier on the concrete floor before installing your finished floor. The DRIcore subfloor system is a perfect option to keep your floor warm and dry. Plan for adequate ventilation to avoid moisture accumulation in any area of your basement.
www.epa.gov - “Fact
Sheet; Flood Cleanup – Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems”
www.lungusa.org - “Flood Cleanup Fact Sheet”
www.cmhc.ca - “Cleaning Up Your house After a Flood”
www.redcross.org - “Disaster Services/After a Flood/ Floods: Repairing Your Flooded Home”
Mold prevention and clean-up information is available here:
www.themoldsource.com - Mold Prevention and Good Indoor Air Quality
www.ashrae.org - Indoor Air Quality
www.lungusa.org - Indoor Air Quality
www.epa.gov - Indoor Air Quality
www.healthyindoors.com - Indoor Air Quality
www.buildabetterhome.org - Mold
www.iaqcouncil.org - Indoor Air Quality
Flood damage, clean-up and restoration contractor information is available here:
www.iicrc.org - The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
www.aaorc.com - American Association of Restoration Contractors
www.ascr.org - Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration