10 Feb 2016

What Flooded Basement Clean Up Involves



You use your basement for all kinds of things- an extra room, storage space, a work space, even a game day rec room. Having the extra space can be a blessing, but if your basement floods, it can feel like a curse.

In the event that basement flooding strikes your Bay Area property, Vital Restoration can help you strike back.

Flooding in the basement requires immediate attention. Keep reading to find out what steps are involved in the clean-up process.

Assess the Situation

The first step in water damage clean up is to identify the cause of water leakage and water accumulation. Whether it’s a broken pipe, faulty appliances, or seeping groundwater, the source of the water must be determined. If necessary, the leak must be sealed or fixed. Once the flood waters have receded or the source of the water damage has been remedied, the clean-up process can begin.


Part the Seas

The next phase of flood clean up is the most obvious- you’ve got to get rid of the standing water. While a typical household wet-dry vacuum can handle small amounts of water accumulation, you should contact a flood cleaning specialist for more substantial flooding. Vital Restoration utilizes industrial extractors, wood floor drying systems, and sub-floor drying systems to ensure all of the standing water is removed from your basement.

Get Dried Out


Once the standing and pooled water has been eliminated from your basement, the next step is to completely dry out the residual moisture remaining in your structure. Dehumidification of the property is a critical step in basement flooding clean up. That’s because residual moisture and the dark environment of your basement create the perfect breeding ground for hazardous mold and bacterial growth.

Vital Restoration uses a desiccant dehumidification process to remove all remaining moisture from your basement, including the water vapor in the air.

Clean Your Room

The next step of the clean-up process is to thoroughly clean and sanitize the impacted area. Flood water brings all kinds of toxins and other contaminants in with it. Flood water is categorized as either white, grey, or black, depending on the levels of contamination found in the water. Because grey and black water won’t look grey or black, you should always contact a qualified water damage contractor to deal with water clean up.

Vital Restoration uses professional grade cleaning tools and products to eliminate sewage, toxins, and other hazardous contaminants from your basement.

Repair and Restore


The final step in the basement flooding clean up process involves repair and restoration. Flood water can warp wood, discolor carpets and rugs, and destroy sensitive materials, like papers, books, and other archival documents. Carpets, carpet pads, and rugs may need to be washed, stretched, dyed, or replaced. Floors, ceilings, and walls may need to be repaired, replaced, or repainted. Finally, any damaged printed materials or possessions will need to be dried and cleaned.

Vital Restoration specializes in repairing and restoring your property and possessions. We can even freeze dry your sensitive printed materials in order to maximize water extraction and save your precious archives.

We Can Help!

Basement flooding clean up can be a messy, tedious, and often hazardous process. If you live in the Bay Area and are experiencing flooding in your basement, contact Vital Restoration now to discuss the clean-up process.

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