When your basement becomes wet and it has standing water, you have the immediate need to take action as soon as possible. This reason being is the longer you wait to do something about it, the worse the problem will become. Mold, mildew, structural damage, and even the threat of electrical wiring damage are all dangers to your health and your families health.
The initial task you want to undertake is remove the source of the moisture. If you determine that rain is the primary culprit, then you want to direct that runoff away from the house. You can accomplish this by having a downspout run away from the house or you can divert it toward a dry area where water can drain rather easily. If you already have flooding or standing water close to your home you can use the storm drain in your yard to direct the water far away from the house.
If you have a sump pump, you want to use it right away. Most home improvement stores will sell sump pumps that attach to a garden hose or a sump pit. First, place the pump where it will be most effective and then install the pump. A very important point when using this piece of equipment is to place a lead on the sump pump with a rope attached to some type of anchor mechanism. You will need to attach the rope to the pump to keep it from working independently. The pump essentially “rinses out” the flooded area and then replaces itself back to its original location. Just be sure to be home while the sump pump re-attaches itself.
Once your basement is cleared of excess water, it is time to start treating the mold and mildew growth. These two hazardous materials can inflict a real threat to your family and can also cause much damage to your home if left unchecked and not treated as soon as possible. While these two appear to have little effect on the air quality of your home, they may cause much damage to your furniture and any items stored in the basement. The best way to treat and remove it in a timely manner is with the help of a professional. Call your local mold remediation specialist to have the area thoroughly treated with a special solution to prevent recurrent mold and mildew spores from regrowing. Some technicians may also treat your basement and home with antimicrobial solutions that will destroy any existing mold and mildew. While removing it from your basement is important, if you have a flood you can help mitigate the damage done to your home by performing flood restoration as soon as possible.