Have you come home to discover that your basement has flooded with water from a burst pipe? If so, you'll need to act quickly. They key to preventing expensive repairs is how you deal with the water. Let it sit around and it will cause more problems, or get rid of it quickly and limit the damage. Here are a few steps you should follow.
Shut Off The Electricity And Water
The first thing to do is shut off the main water supply going to the pipe and turn off the electricity going to your basement. Hopefully, there is a main shut off in a safe place where you can turn everything off at once without having to step into the water.
Remove All Water
Next, you'll need to remove all water that has collected in your home. If this seems overwhelming, it may be due to not having the right tools for the job. Head to your local home improvement store and buy a submersible pump. You attach a hose to the pump and place the pump at the low part of your basement. It will suck all the water out of your home and move it outside. Just make sure that the water is far away from your foundation, since it could always seep back in somehow.
Remove The Mold
Mold can be mold dangerous than water. It is not just an ugly growth in your home, but it contaminates the air throughout the entire home if not treated. You'll need to seal off the rooms that have the water damage to prevent mold spores from traveling adjoining rooms.
Part of the process of eliminating mold will be to disinfect surfaces that mold can grow in. Anything that is porous should be treated with chemicals that can kill the mold that is inside. If the porous material cannot be treated, it may require replacement. Non-porous materials will just have water on the surface that needs to be cleaned. This includes plastic, metal, or other sealed surfaces.
Dry The Area
Air circulation is the ideal way to get a basement dry. Use plenty of fans and open windows to create a breeze that crosses through your basement. You can also use dehumidifiers to remove moisture that is in the air. Keep in mind that your standard box fans will not cut it, which is why a flood damage contractor can bring in high velocity fans that can really get the air moving.
Now that you've gotten started with the clean up process, you can bring in a local plumber to help repair the pipe that burst. For more information, contact a company like Brother's Plumbing.