Despite Minnesota's natural beauty, the state's weather patterns can often be extremely fickle. Much of the state has to deal with tornados and other major events, but flooding is perhaps the worst disaster the North Star State has to deal with. Recent flash flooding was a reminder to Minneapolis residents that water can be extremely damaging.
Basements often take the brunt of any flood, as they are a perfect area for water to collect. However, a massive deluge doesn't have to ruin your life. There are some basement flood recovery steps you can follow to mitigate the extent of the damage if you can act fast.
Before doing anything else, you're obviously going to need to get as much water out of your basement as possible. This of course means you're going to have to pump it out, but you need to be careful here. The Red Cross stated that taking out too much water too quickly can cause serious damage.
If you move too fast here, the pressure outside your home is going to be more than the pressure of your basement, which can cause the walls to buckle and even worse collapse. You should pump out roughly two to three feet of water every single day to ensure this doesn't happen to you.
A factor a lot of people don't consider when cleaning up after a flood is the damage that mud can do. Mud accumulated from a flood can pose health problems, and it advises that you get rid of it as soon as possible. This means going down into the basement and shoveling out as much as you possibly can. Check with the local officials to see if you can disconnect the wiring to the outlets to ensure you aren't electrocuted.
On top of this, you're going to want to check the nooks and crannies of your house, such as in air conditioning ducts. These areas are going to have mud in them as well, and allowing this to sit and fester is only going to make the smell and health concerns worse. Getting mud out is a lot easier when it's wet, so you'll want to work fast to ensure the safety of your house.
After you have taken steps to get your home back to normal it's important to call in an expert who will be able to handle the scale of the issue. Water removal specialists focus specifically on drying the area and removing pooled moisture using dehumidifiers, air movers and other equipment. This step is better left to the professionals as they have the necessary hardware and skill set to complete the job correctly the first time. It will also prevent viruses, mold and bacteria from growing or causing health issues. Experts at Roto-Rooter can help detect the source of the water damage, repair the issues and get your home to be dry and safe again.
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