Fixing A Basement With Water Problems: What To Know

Posted on: 18 January 2016

If you have a moisture problem in the basement and you can see and smell mold and mildew, it's time to call a water damage restoration company. The company can help you preserve the items you already have in the space, and they can help you prevent the moisture damages from happening again in the future.

It doesn't matter if there is a little bit of water or if the basement has problems flooding, you need professional help in this situation. Here are a few things you want to have done right away by the experts.

Cleaning and Mold Removal

The basement has to be dried, and the water has to be sucked out of all the fabrics, drywall, and items in the space. Even wood furniture, ceiling panels and all other items will need the water extracted. Once the water is gone all of the items will be treated to kill bacteria and any mold that is starting to grow in the space. The carpeting will be shampooed and dried, along with all upholstery.

Sealing

Once everything has been cleaned and dried, it's time to seal the basement. The foundation of the property will be coated with a waterproof sealant, the baseboards, wood shelving, and other wood items will be treated and sealed, and even protective paint can be put on new drywall. Have the entire space sealed to protect the items from future moisture problems and damaged.

If there were cupboards or any type of shelving units in the house, you'll want to have these replaced. The water could have jeopardized the strength of the materials, and the shelving units won't be as sturdy as they were before. Have new shelving options, like those from Slide Out Shelves LLC, installed, and then have the selves sealed for protection.

Ventilation Cleaning

Mold spores could have gotten into the ducts and sucked through the furnace filter, and are now spreading through the ventilation system. Have all the ductwork cleaned out by experts, which will make the air quality better in your house.

Regulate Air Quality

Using a humidifier can help you keep moisture out of the air, so you don't have a mold problem in the future. The humidistat on the humidifier will tell you if there is enough moisture in the air, or if the space is too wet.

The longer you wait to call the water damage restoration company, the more damage you could get in the space because of mold and water damage. If there is significant flooding, and water problems, call your home insurance provider to see if you should make a claim. If you can make a claim they may cover the cost of the water damage restoration company, and to replace any items that can't be restored. 

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