Cleaning up a wet basement following a major storm

Many American homeowners situated in the path of the large winter storms that barreled across the country earlier this year were faced with wet basements once the skies had cleared. The perils of a wet basement are many, including the possibility of structural damage, toxic and contaminated water, mold development, problems with electricity and rotting of organic materials. These are some of the dangers that can put you and your family in harm’s way if the wet basement is not dealt with properly.

If you were the unfortunate victim of a recent heavy storm and you are trying to carry on with the day-to-day activities of your life, you should contact a certified storm cleanup company who can come to assess the damage. Many of these companies will remove the wet items for you, clean and dry them thoroughly and then put them back into place once the area has completely dried. You can also expect that these pros come in with the latest, state-of-the-art equipment including heavy-duty pumps,as well as dehumidifiers and blowers to ensure that the area is completely dried. If carpeting was involved, you can plan on the hired professionals to remove the carpet (if necessary) or to steam clean it using an industrial style carpet steamer.

Your insurance company must also be contacted so that you can follow any necessary procedures for receiving compensation. The compensation you may be eligible to receive will be dependent upon where you live and the type of homeowner’s coverage you carry. If for example you live in a flood-prone area, the chances are great that you have flood damage coverage already because it may very well be the law.

The most common way for water to enter a basement is through the joint where the floor meets the wall after a snow melt or a heavy rain. Outside water accumulates in the area around the foundation which causes what is known as hydrostatic pressure, can quickly lead to unexpected water damages in your basement area. The water is then forced into the joint, creating a wet basement. Be sure that the contractor that you hire addresses this problem once the water has been removed. You may wish to go ahead and have your basement waterproofed and install gutters if you do not have them in place already. It is important to take these extra steps so that the next time a heavy snowfall strikes or your area is hit by a pounding and relentless rainstorm, your basement will remain dry and secure.