The heavy rain which continued for 3 days at a stretch ended up flooding the basement of my house. The water was creating havoc in the basement by inundating some of my valuable possessions which were stored in the basement. We were at an utter loss as to what should be our next step in getting rid of the massive amount of water in the basement. This is when my wife searched the internet and found some important tips to fix a water damage in a home.
1. First thing is to disconnect the power and unplug and remove all electrical item from the basement. Remove the furniture and other movable items as soon as possible. Pull up the carpets and under-padding in the area. The carpet could be saved if you get it disinfected and cleaned immediately.
2. The manual way of getting rid of water include using buckets, old towels and mops. This will help to soak up the water as much as possible and get it out. A wet or dry vacuum could also be used for sucking out the water. Be careful when plugging the vacuum as most of the plug-bases could be wet, which could result in short-circuits and shocks.
3. The next step is to dry the area using fans and dehumidifiers. Open all windows and allow the air to circulate. It will help to dry the area quite faster.
The above steps involve a lot of work, which could mainly depend on the area inundated. If you think it is too much work for you and your family to handle, call a professional water restoration company immediately.
However if all these steps fail in the end, you could always just hire someone to do the work for you. For example, we live in Austin, and we just got someone in Austin to do our water damage restoration.