How to Remove Standing Water from a Flooded Basement

Eastern Massachusetts has seen a lot of rain so far this winter, and we’re sure there will be more in the near future. If you’ve noticed standing water in your basement, chances are the area will develop a mold problem if the water isn’t removed immediately.

If you plan on tackling a basement flood on your own, then begin by removing any items or pieces of furniture that haven’t been affected by the water and place them outside.

Next, remove the standing water using wet vacuums, buckets, mops and large sponges. You can even purchase a water pump if there’s more than a couple inches, as this makes the water removal process much quicker. Use a thick bristle, wide broom to sweep any excess water into a contained area. After removing the standing water, assess the basement and look for mud and debris that may have been left behind. Again using a broom will help collect everything in a contained area. If there’s a lot of mud and debris, use a shovel.

After you’ve removed the water and debris, it’s important to start drying out your basement. You can do this be bringing in dehumidifiers, heaters, and fans, as well as by opening windows or doors. If there’s carpet or any upholstery that got wet, you’re better off throwing these items to prevent mold growth.

Overwhelmed with the thought of tackling a basement flood on your own? Contact Bay State Mold Removal for water remediation, mold removal and basement waterproofing services today. Our mold remediation company is here to help homeowners in the North Shore and the entire greater Boston area.

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