With all the rain (and hail!) we’ve been having in Omaha and Lincoln, some of you may be cleaning up and drying out wet basements. Here’s how to do it safely and successfully.
Once you’ve shut off the basement circuits at your electrical panel, you can turn the power back on upstairs. Then you can run extension cords from upstairs to the basement as needed.
2) Remove the water. For a leaking appliance or broken pipe, shut off the water supply until repairs can be made.
It’s better to try to remove the water than dry it up. “Extraction is 1,200 times more effective than dehumidification,” according to The Family Handyman.
In small areas, a wet/dry vacuum or home carpet cleaner may be enough to take care of the problem. For bigger areas, you may want to rent a commercial water extractor or carpet cleaner.
3) Start drying things out. Most people want to save their basement carpet. If the padding is soaked through, you can try to dry it out. You may need to pull the carpet up around the edges and prop it up so air from fans can circulate underneath. For really wet or really big areas, you might want to rent commercial air movers and a dehumidifier.
And keep things cool, The Family Handyman says. “Keep the basement temperature at or below 75 degrees F. You might think hotter is better because it will dry everything faster. But a higher temp will accelerate bacterial growth and turn your basement into a petri dish.”
4) Disinfect and prevent mold growth. If you had a sewer backup or standing flood water, clean the area with bleach or other disinfectant to stop mold and bacteria from growing.
If you suspect mold growth after a water leak, AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln’s trained mold testers can check the area. We also offer the InstaScope system to assess mold levels and air quality. Give us a call at 402-393-3696 in Omaha or 402-483-2010 in Lincoln to set up an appointment.
- On May 13, 2016
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