Dealing With Mold, Waterproofing And Insulation After A Basement Flood

Posted on: 20 May 2015

Floods in the basement can be distressing and cause a lot of damage. The cause of the flood can come from a variety of issues such as major storms and foundation issues. This can create a lot of material and structural damage to your home. Dealing with the flood damage can be difficult if you don't know what all to check over. The guide below provides some tips for dealing with mold, waterproofing and insulation after a flood in your basement.

Basement Mold And Mildew

When a flood occurs, the air quality can be poor, causing mold and mildew to build up to extreme levels, which can be hazardous to your health. This is because the mold can produce mycotoxins that can colonize in the sinuses, causing a variety of health complications.

Certain mold types are considered benign and not harmful, but it can be hard to distinguish between the different types. For this reason, it is essential to remove all materials that have been contaminated. Mold and mildew thrive in damp and dark conditions. That is why natural sunlight and ventilation help to lessen the impact.

Basement Waterproofing

Consider having your basement waterproofed to prevent any further flood-related damage. Waterproofing the basement can provide sufficient drainage systems to protect it from flood damage. There are several different methods used to waterproof the basement, which includes surface drainage, subsurface drainage and wall surface waterproofing.

Surface drainage uses a landscape slope design to move water away from the house and basement walls by redirecting it to the gutter runoff area. The subsurface drainage system works to collect and remove groundwater surrounding the basement's below ground levels to a sub-level drainage area. The basement wall surface waterproofing is provided along the below ground walls on the inside and outside of the home. These drainage systems help to protect the home from possible flood-related damage.

Basement Insulated Panels

Cover your basement with insulated panels, which will help protect your basement from moisture. This is good, because moisture build up and dampness can be common in basements, flood or no flood. The insulation panels can control moisture and redirect it away from the interior of the home, which can alleviate possible mold and mildew damage. In addition, the insulation panels will protect the wood of your home from absorbing moisture and water from a flood that could cause the wood to rot and corrode.

Consult with a contractor if you are unsure of how to protect yourself from further flood-related damage. The contractor will be able to look over your basement and determine which of these services will work best for your home. You can contact the contractor for help with water damage clean up, too. 

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