What to do after your home experiences water damage
Basement Fact: Water damage accounts for 23% of all homeowner property damage in the United States.
The United States is currently in the throes of hurricane season and several states have been affected by floods. It is important to consider what natural disasters, such as these can do to our homes when we are left with standing water. Many materials are prone to growing mold if they are left damp or wet for too long.
Post-flood clean up:
- Discard wood, upholstered furniture and other porous material.
- Clean, disinfect and reuse glass, plastic and other nonporous materials.
- Remove carpeting
- Open windows for ventilation and wear rubber gloves and eye protection when cleaning.
- Use a non-ammonia soap or detergent to clean all areas and washable items that came in contact with floodwaters.
- Dry the cleaned area with heat, fans and dehumidifiers.
To keep your basement or crawslspace dry and prevent flooding around your home, make sure your yard is graded correctly around your foundation. The ground should slope away at least 6” over the first 10’. Moreover, take a proactive approach by having a sump pump installed in your basement to remove any groundwater that seeps inside from the storms that lay ahead. If your home has a crawlspace foundation consider encapsulating the space with a 14 mil Flexi Seal vapor barrier.