Water Damage & Flooded Basement
Flooded Basements are the most likely location for water to collect and are therefore the most likely area for water damage to occur. Water damage in the basement area of your Metro Atlanta, Cobb, Gwinnett, Dekalb, Forsyth, or Cherokee home can often go unnoticed for hours or days from when the water damage incident began. If the flooded basement goes unnoticed and the water sits for a long period of time, the extent of the water damage with increase exponentially. Faulty plumbing, frozen pipes, blocked drains and leaking appliances are the most common causes of flooded basement water damage. Flooded Basement remediation is vital to the long term health of the family members as well as the resale value of the home.
Dealing with Water Damage and Flooded Basement repair is not only about water removal, the process also involves the cleaning and drying of personal items, and repair of walls and floor services, especially carpet and hardwoods. There could be many factors involved in an effort to repair a wet basement. The depth of the water and the overall area the water damage affected.
The Water Damage & Flooded Basement Cause
The reason behind the flooded basement water damage must be identified and repaired as fast as possible. Obviously, further water damage to your Metro Atlanta, Cobb, Gwinnett, Dekalb, Forsyth, or Cherokee home is inevitable if the source or cause of the flooded basement is not found. If a pipe burst is found to be responsible, the main valve to the water needs to be shut off. If the water damage is from sudden rains or typhoon, the land outside the home might need to be graded so that the water is directed away from the house.
Flooded basement water damage repair can only start with the extraction or removal of water. The water level in the flooded basement must be vacuumed out and or pumped out as soon as possible. One of our water damage and flooded basement experts will deploy pumps and vacuums to remove water from the flooded basement as soon as they arrive. The water damage cleanup experts on our team will set up and monitor the equipment until all of the water has been pumped out of the flooded basement.
Water Damage & Flooded Basement – What to do next
After pumping and vacuuming out the water, all items in the basement must be removed and then using fans and air scrubbers the basement must be thoroughly dried. All items that are not ruined must be disinfected and dried in order to kill all germs and mold spores.
Carpets and carpet padding must be thrown away because the carpet and the carpet padding are scan hold and breed bacteria, molds and mildews. The floors, walls and any unaffected surfaces must be scrubbed with a mild bleach disinfectant solution to kill all the mold, mildews and germs. After scrumming with the mild bleach disinfectant, the surfaces need to be clean rinsed with clean water to remove any of the bleach disinfectant solution remaining.
Drying is the next step in the process and complete and total drying is mandatory Industrial high speed fans are used in groups to dry all surfaces as fast as possible. The fans are directed toward exit doors in order to remove the moisture from the building. The number of days to completely dry the basement depend upon the time of year, number of fans and moisture content of the air, but a few days is normally all the time it takes to thoroughly dry a flooded basement.
Water Damage & Flooded Basement Completion
Air scrubbing or complete cleaning of the air is the final step in the Water Damage & Flooded Basement Cleaning process. There is no way to avoid the air cleaning process because we cannot see microscopic spores in the air. Even small quantities of moisture in the air can be a breeding ground for molds and mildews. Not only can residual molds and mildews affect the health of the family members, if left to breed, molds and mildews left for long periods of time can greatly reduce the resale value of the home.
After the air scrubbers are set in place and work for a few days, the air quality still needs to be tested to ensure that the air is safe to breath. A lab will be hired to test air samples collect on site and the lab will make recommendation concerning the final treatment. Proper ventilation during the air scrubbing process is the key to quickly returning the air to the same or better quality than when the water damage and flooded basement started. Finally all remaining surfaces should be painted with anti mold and anti bacterial paints.
The water damage and flooded basement repair to your Metro Atlanta, Cobb, Gwinnett, Dekalb, Forsyth, or Cherokee home is now complete and new flooring can be installed and the personal items and everything that was not originally damaged can now be returned and set back in place.