When your basement is flooded with water, you may not know what to do. You may have carpeting in your basement, and it is important to get the water out of the carpets quickly. There are some steps that you can take when this happens. Read on for more information about how to handle flooding carpets in the flooded basement. So let’s start;
Step 1: Take everything out of any cabinets or drawers in your basement that are wet. This will not only clean the mess up but will also prevent mold. Wash these items by hand with detergent and warm water. If the items cannot be washed by hand, then take them to a dry cleaner.
Step 2: Dry any wet furniture with fans, towels, or hair dryers. Be sure to open doors and windows so that there is plenty of ventilation when using these items. The more quickly you remove moisture from these items, the better.
Step 3: If your furniture or other belongings are still damp after washing or drying them by hand or with a hairdryer, you will need to use your dryer. Set the heat setting on hot and set it to its highest level. Make sure that the heat is also pointed toward the floor. Plug your dryer into a plug, and place it as far away from items as possible. If you still cannot use your dryer, then take the things to a laundromat or cleaner that has commercial-sized washers and dryers.
Step 5: Now move to the carpet that is soaked in the flooded basement. Find a waterproof wet vacuum cleaner to suck up water from the flooded carpeting. This will not only remove some of the water from your flooded carpets but will also cut back on mold and mildew. You may need to use a few cleaners to remove all the water from flooded carpeting completely.
Step 6: If you flooded your carpets in the middle of winter or small flooded areas instead of flooded carpets, you might need to use a dehumidifier. Keep this near any other items that are drying to pull moisture from them as well. Make sure that you place this unit in a dry area.
Step 7: To keep flooded carpets clean and smelling fresh, add baking soda to the flooded carpeting. This is an inexpensive way to help eliminate odors and any mold or mildew that may have formed due to flooded carpet.
Step 8: Use a carpet shampooer after all moisture is removed from flooded carpets. Follow the instructions on the bottle and always wear protective gear, such as gloves and face masks, when cleaning flooded carpets.