There are different ways your basement can become wet, and when this area gets water inside, it can ruin some of your possessions and the quality of the basement. If you are able to get rid of the water quickly and dry your items as well as the whole basement, then you will be able to save yourself from some of the headaches molds can bring. However, drying your basement is not as easy as it seems since it needs quick action on your part and a lot of disinfecting. Not drying out your basement as soon as it gets water damage would mean further headaches in the future.
Flooding is not the only cause of your basement having molds. If your basement is damp or if the area has moisture problems, then it can ruin drywall, carpeting, and framing. Even if your basement is just used for storage, if it has the high humidity or condensation, this can ruin the basement and create mold. If your basement suffered from water damage, take it seriously.
How to Dry Your Basement
Turn off the main power
Turn off the electrical power for the basement or if you want to make sure, turn off the main power of your house, especially if the wiring of the outlets are wet or moldy. Ask an electrician to check the house’s electrical system just to make sure that everything is working fine. Once the electrician has cleared your home, you can turn it on.
Open your windows and doors
Your basement needs enough air to circulate in. If your basement has windows, open them and the doors too.
Remove the water
Start removing the water that has accumulated in your basement. Even if it just a few inches of water, get rid of it right away.
Remove any items, such as furniture, boxes, carpets, rugs, and any other items that became wet in the basement. Start to dry these items and dispose of any items that may not be salvaged and may cause molds to grow.
Clean the basement
Use chlorine bleach by creating a solution of one-half to three fourths cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands and skin when using this solution. Disinfect your basement and focus on areas where the water resided. You can also wipe the walls if they became wet or damped. Make sure that you thoroughly clean the entire area. However, cleaning your basement needs more than just bleach and water since you have to scrub the areas where you think the water accumulated. Take your time disinfecting the place so that your basement will be free from any sort of contamination and bacteria.
Use fans and dehumidifiers
To allow your basement to dry fast, use fans and dehumidifier after totally disinfecting the area.
Monitor your basement
Do regular inspections on your basement and replace cracked or defective mortar of the basement. Inspect the outside drainage of the basement for water leakage.
Wear a mask if you are sensitive to mold and mildew. The basement should be well ventilated before you work. If you think you are too sensitive to clean the basement, hire a specialist.
Keep in mind that your main goal when drying your basement is to entirely dry it. Some homeowners will focus in cleaning and drying their furniture, curtains, books, papers, clothing, and the likes, and will go back in drying the basement as soon as they are done with their possessions. However, it is important to focus on your basement first before you worry about your items. Remember that mold can grow after a day. And, the longer you make your basement wait, the worse your problems will be.
To Stop Mold Growth in the Basement
To stop the growth of possible mold in the basement make sure to:
Keep the basement clean and dry
This includes cleaning fabrics and any items that may promote mildew. You can also have the air ducts cleaned if there is any suspicion of mold or the air ducts becoming wet.
Fix possible problems
Always check for possible causes of water problems such as leaky pipes, water seepage, dirt in crawlspaces, and the likes.
Keep the basement dry
Use dehumidifiers, fans and open windows to keep the place dry, especially during the summer. Do not use fans if mold is already present. Insulate the area to avoid condensation. And, make certain that the humidity level in the house is below 40%.
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