Recently, basement started to be used for different purposes aside from being a storage or junk room. The basement can be turned into an entertainment room or a family hangout complete with carpets, electronics and music. Nobody wants their basement to turn into an indoor swimming pool but it can’t be prevented in the event of a flood.
According to the National Flood Insurance Program, floods are the number one natural disaster in the United States. From 2011 to 2015, average flood claims amounted to more than $46,000. A lot of basements were flooded and most homeowners have to pay anywhere from $500 to $10,000 to restoration companies that will ensure the basement is back to its original form before the water damage. According to Angie’s List, if the flooding is substantial, restoring the basement will cost as much as $50,000.
Homeowners will certainly be overwhelmed with the damages but it is important to keep your wits to minimize the damages. If flooding has just started, it is important to immediately shut off of the power to the basement to prevent a fire in case water reaches electrical appliances. Once it’s done, you start rescuing belongings that you do not want ruined like carpets, photographs, books, etc.
If you were unable to switch off the power safely, do not attempt to go down to the basement. Water is an electric conductor and you certainly do not want yourself electrocuted. It is also important to determine whether the flood waters include wastewater backup from the sump pump. If you have accidentally touched the waters, sanitize your hands thoroughly.
Start cleaning as soon as the flood waters subside because the longer water sits of your belongings, the more damages they will sustain. Act fast; remove your soaked carpets, drywall and furniture to prevent mold and mildew infestation.
You can bring back the beauty of your carpets that have been submerged in flood waters through carpet cleaning Perth. Experts will restore the water damaged carpets with the help of specialized equipment for intensive cleaning. Carpets can retain a lot of water and it has to be dried thoroughly before it is cleaned and sanitized from accumulated dirt.