Keep Your Basement Safe and Well-maintained
Your basement is one of the most important rooms in your home. It’s where you store your valuables, do work on projects, and relax after a long day. Your basement is also one of the most vulnerable areas of your home to flooding due to many reasons such as faulty gutters or downspouts, poor drainage at the foundation of the house, or even heavy rainfall. McKinney Foundation Repair company offers a service of repairing your basement, in case you need it!
In order to prevent future flooding in the basement, it is important to take a few precautions and steps. That can be done by ensuring that the drainage around your home is in good condition. When it rains, water should be able to drain away from your house easily and all gutters and downspouts need to direct rainwater a minimum of three feet away from any foundation walls. In addition, you can also add retaining wall blocks along the exterior perimeter of your basement which will help prevent excess water from seeping through cracks or other openings.
You may have had some flooding damage done already during one of these recent floods so what do you do? If there were no electrical outlets affected by the flood waters then power on at least one light switch for a few minutes every day just enough to dry out anything that was wet after being submerged due to flooding. You can use fans to help circulate some of the dry air in order to speed up this drying process.
You may also find that you have mold growth if your basement was flooded due to all of the excess water sitting for awhile on top of everything inside the room. Mold will grow any time there is too much moisture and does not get adequate ventilation so it’s important to get rid of excess water, at least get things elevated off of the floor, once flooding has stopped so mold doesn’t continue growing over these surfaces or items either. If you do come across molds then simply use an ordinary household detergent mixed with warm water along with a few drops dishwashing liquid soap into it try scrubbing away as much visible mold from surfaces before rinsing them clean.
You may also want to consider using dehumidifiers since they can help reduce the amount of moisture that is still in the air and then place fans near these appliances as well so moist air is circulated more quickly throughout your home instead of remaining stagnant inside one area. If there are any cracks, gaps or openings around basement windows or foundation walls you should use silicone caulk to seal them off for good once all standing water has been removed from your basement flooring surfaces because this will prevent further flooding damage from occurring again during future storms too.