Restorex Disaster Restoration helps a lot of customers who experience flooded basements. We understand the stresses and anxieties that come with a flooded basement. The video below gives a brief overview of the required steps to properly clean up a flooded basement.
Flooded Basement Clean-Up Process
Step 1: Water Damage Inspection
Step 2: Water Removal
Step 3: Removals
Step 4: Drying Equipment Set up
Step 5: Equipment Monitoring
Step 6: Final Evaluation
Water Damage Inspection
The initial inspection for a flooded basement is to determine the extent of the water damage in the affected basement. The flooring can be visually inspected but sometimes the water can affect carpet pad without showing on the carpet surface. How Restorex Investigates Water Damage.
The next step is to determine if the water affected the walls. Typically, the water will only reach 1-2 inches throughout the basement. The walls can show wetness up as high 12 inches. The paper on the drywall will wick the water up the surface showing the wall to be wet above the baseboards.
The most effective way to clean up a flooded basement is to remove the water through extraction. We use the best water extractors on the market and they can remove water through the carpet and pad. During extraction we will need to move the furniture and contents in the basement to run the extractor over all the affected areas.
Depending on the extent of water damage we might be required to make removals of certain building materials. In a basement with water damage, this can include baseboards, drywall and insulation. Every basement is built differently so it just depends on the initial inspection to decide what is required to be removed.
Drying Equipment Set Up
Drying equipment is used to remove the remaining water from the basement. Standard drying equipment for water damage restoration projects are Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers, Electric Heaters, and Air Movers. This equipment provides the necessary energy to remove the water from the affected materials. Read about Restorex’s drying equipment
The drying equipment needs to run for a minimum of 3 days. During those 3 days we need to stop by to check on the equipment. During these visits we will make sure all the equipment is running properly and get temperature and relative humidity readings. These readings tell us if the equipment is creating a good drying environment.
After 3 days we will inspect the basement and determine if the building materials have been dried to their original moisture content. If everything has dried properly, we will remove the drying equipment and adjust the furniture and content back to their original locations. The water damage repairs will come after the drying is complete.
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