Fixing a Flooded Basement
Keep Your Home Free of Water Damage
If you’ve ever been flooded out, you know that the aftermath is a real mess. When floodwaters get into your basement—whether from a heavy rainstorm or a burst pipe—it can be overwhelming. But if you want to keep your home free of water damage and mold, you need to make sure you clean up promptly and completely.
Check with your insurance company to see if you are covered for this type of damage and, if so, how much coverage you have. If your policy does not cover the damage from a flood or sewer backup, find out what options may be available to help pay for repairs. If your policy offers coverage and payment methods that do not meet your needs (for example, if it only covers 10% of the cost of repairs), change or upgrade your coverage so that you can get more money back as quickly as possible.
If your home has been damaged by flooding or sewer backups and there is documentation (such as a police report) showing that this was caused by heavy rainfall or storms, contact an adjuster at your insurance agent.
You can use a wet vac or pump to remove water from the basement, but it's important to be careful when you do this. If your home is on the second floor, be sure to keep track of how much water you're moving up and out of your basement. If you remove too much, you could end up flooding other parts of your house.
If there isn’t any more water coming into the basement and all that remains is what's already there (or if this is happening in conjunction with a plumbing issue), then it's time to start removing some of that excess liquid from inside your home.
Dry the Area
To get the water out of your basement, you'll need to dry it out. This is not a simple process; it takes weeks or even months for a basement to dry completely. If you have any type of flooding, you should start drying the area right away by using fans and dehumidifiers as soon as possible.
If your house was flooded due to an overflowing bathtub or toilet, then it's important to clean up this water as soon as possible so that bacteria can't grow in it. You can use household cleaners or bleach mixed with warm water (1 cup per gallon) if needed.
Remove Damaged Materials
If there's a lot of water damage, you'll want to remove any damaged materials from the house as soon as possible. This will prevent mold from forming and further damage from occurring. Move items that have been damaged by floodwaters into a dry place (outside or in another part of your home) so that they can be dried out before being stored again.
Repair the Basement Foundation Walls
Repairing the foundation walls is a critical step that must be completed before finishing your basement. Without this work, you will have a very expensive problem on your hands.
The walls of your home’s foundation are essential to its structural integrity, and if they have been damaged by flooding or water seepage, they will need to be repaired before you can finish the basement. If this isn’t done correctly, serious consequences could result - including major structural damage and even the collapse of part or all of the home itself.
If there is any doubt about whether or not you can handle this task yourself, it would be wise to consult with an experienced contractor first before attempting anything complicated like this on your own.
Install New Insulation, Vapor Barrier, and Flooring
If your basement has a history of flooding, it's likely that the insulation, vapor barrier, and flooring are not waterproof.
If you want to keep things simple and cheap, skip the vapor barrier and lay down a new layer of plastic or rubber sheeting. This will work in most cases but won't be as effective as using insulation with a vapor barrier.
Make sure whatever material you use is at least two inches thick and can withstand moisture without disintegrating into pieces when exposed to air again after future floods.
It's also important that any new flooring be waterproof because this will make sure water doesn't enter through cracks between boards or tiles during future floods; but keep in mind that if there isn't already some kind of waterproof coating on existing materials, then they may need replacing before installing anything else!
Unless you have a basement, it’s hard to imagine what a flood looks like. In my experience, it’s more than just wet furniture and soggy paper towels—it’s cold, slippery floors and an overwhelming sense of despair when you realize that all your worldly possessions are ruined. The best way to cope with this situation is to find something else to focus on (like watching Netflix) until help arrives.
We hope this article has given you a better understanding of what goes into repairing a flooded basement. Though it may seem like an overwhelming job, there are steps you can take to make sure everything goes smoothly and quickly. Remember the most important thing is to have patience! Give SERVPRO of Northwest Knoxville a call to help clean up your Knoxville home.