So you were out to dinner, gone for the night, or away on vacation, and you came home to a flooded basement. Who do you call first? The first call you need to make is to a water damage restoration company, to see what you can save or protect in the space. The second call needs to be your home insurance provider.
You want to find out quickly if you have flood insurance to cover the damages, and to potentially cover the cost of the damage restoration company. Here are a few things the company will start doing right away.
Pump the Water and Dry
They are going to pump any existing water out of the house, so they can start drying the area. Once the sitting water is gone they are going to have high powered fans blowing through the space, along with a dehumidifying machine. They also may use heaters to dry the space out more quickly.
They will use high powered suctioning machines to pull moisture out of furniture, carpeting, drywell, and other items in your basement. This helps to get rid of stains and odors. Once the moisture is gone, they have to start cleaning to attack the mold.
Disinfect and Seal
The space needs to be cleaned professionally to kill the mold spores that are spreading from the moisture. The restoration company will apply an antimicrobial agent throughout the space, clean out the ducts, and seal any areas that have markings or mold with a latex sealant. Mold is going to affect everyone differently, but it's important to make sure that all the mold in the space is killed.
Call an HVAC Plumbing Expert
You should also call a company that does HVAC and plumbing services, so they can look at the appliances in the basement. You need to know if there is water in the gas lines, damage to the furnace or hot water tank, and what needs to be replaced. It could be dangerous to try to run these appliances after a flood. They should also look at the sump pump to see if that was the cause of the flooding.
If you have found water in your basement you want to act as quickly as possible, especially if you aren't sure how long you've had water filling the space. The restoration company, such as Disaster Specialist, will work quickly and relentlessly to fix the problems.