Basement Flood Problem

Basement flood alarmIf you have a basement, you probably have a footer sump and sump pump to keep your basement from flooding.  Having been through a couple of minor basement floods, I know that 99% of the time flooding happens because of pump failure.  So, I installed a very simple flood warning system to alert us to water in the basement before things got bad.  As it turns out, this was a pretty smart move because a heavy rainstorm was going on at the same time as the pump froze up.

The alarm went off, and I determined that the pump was bad, and replaced it.  So, we got at worst about a half inch of water in the basement.  Most of our goods were not on the floor, but the carpet got soaked, and a few other small-concern items needed to be dried out.

What you do next is very important.  And, the first thing is vacuum up the water as thoroughly as you can.  Then, set up fans and a dehumidifier to dry things out.  If you let them dry on their own, you are inviting mold and mildew to befoul your basement.

The trick is to get ahead of the mold and mildew.  These can start up in just 48-96 hours.  So, the next task we a very thorough spray treatment of Decon Five to kill mold and mildew (and their spores) before they could get started.  Believe me, the work it takes to be proactive is a lot less than what happens if you let it dry on its own.

Just so you know, the problem is not over after you remove the water and dry things out.  Moisture is still in the recessed areas, and can be the source of mold.  Be sure to call OMG sanitized to do a complete mold control treatment in your basement, and house.