If your basement suffers severe flooding as a result of either a plumbing disaster or a bad storm, you will face an uphill battle in restoring your basement to its original condition. With a little help from equipment rentals in Monroe, LA and the following guide, you can begin the fight and defend your home.
Pumping the water out
You will need to pump the water out right away, because the longer the water sits, the more damage it will cause to everything in your basement. Because it is recommended that you turn off the power in your basement in the event of flooding, you will need a generator to power the water pump. Depending on how much water is in your basement, you could potentially have to run the pump for days, making a generator the most economical option in addition to being the safest.
Make sure to plug the power cord into the generator and make any other necessary connections before placing the pump in your basement. The last thing you want to do is plug cords into outlets while you are standing ankle deep in water. Additionally, if you have to use extension cords to extend your pump to the basement, make sure that all of your cords are safely suspended from the ceiling or any available beams. After you have attached the hose to your pump, plugged it into the generator and positioned it in the basement, you are now ready to safely run the pump to remove the water from your home.
After you have rid your basement of all the water and let it air out for a few days, your focus will then turn to the cleaning of the carpet. Before you begin to clean the carpet, vacuum the surface to remove any debris and dirt that might be lingering after the removal of the water. When you begin to use the carpet cleaner, you want to start farthest away from the door, so that you can back your way out of the room as you clean, and cover your tracks.
A thorough carpet cleaning will allow you to penetrate and wipe out the rest of the dirt that the vacuum isn’t able to reach, and this is a critical component of mold defense in your basement. Anytime moisture and humidity are allowed to fester, mold is sure to follow. If mold begins to grow, it could potentially spread and begin to eat away at the foundation of your home, which will leave you with an even bigger mess. Mold is one of your home’s biggest enemies, so it is essential to clean your carpets right away to reduce the chances of its growth and expansion.
Equipment rentals in Monroe, LA give you the best chance to fight the damage that major flooding can cause. Ram Rent-All, Inc. can provide you with a generator, carpet cleaner and any other tools you might need to get your basement dry. We can also supply any additional tools you might need rent to do light construction to replace any drywall or carpeting that was damaged. Give us a call right away, and bring your basement back to life.