The first step in a flooded basement is to determine the cause. If your basement floods due to a broken pipe or other plumbing issue, you should contact a professional plumber.
If your basement has flooded because of heavy rain or snowmelt, you should contact a professional immediately. However, if you think you can do it yourself here are some basic flooded basement cleanup tips:
Remove excess water from your home.
Mop up any standing water in the basement. Use a wet/dry vacuum if available; otherwise, use a sponge mop or towel to soak up as much water as possible.
Remove wet items from the area and place them on dry ground outside of the home. Unplug electronics before moving them outside (if possible).
Use fans if there is still standing water inside your home after mopping up what you can. Remove furniture and other items from high-traffic areas, they will only get damaged by being pushed through standing water.
Remove all carpeting from high-traffic areas until it can be professionally cleaned, this includes closets and hallways.
Wash down walls and floors using hot water and a mild detergent solution; rinse thoroughly afterward with clean water. Use rags or towels for this cleaning process rather than sponges because sponges can harbor bacteria that may come back to haunt you later. Remove baseboards and carpeting if they have been soaked in standing water; they will need to be replaced once the basement is dry again.
Place a fan at each corner of the room and point them in different directions to circulate air throughout. This will help prevent mold from forming on wet surfaces. If there is standing water in your basement, you may want to consider hiring professional contractor for cleaning or repair services. They will make sure that everything gets done correctly and efficiently without causing any damage in the process.
Contact Professional Water Damage Services
If you are dealing with water damage in your basement, it is important to contact a professional restoration company as soon as possible. These companies have the equipment and expertise needed to remove standing water quickly and safely. They will also help you determine the cause of the flooding so that steps can be taken to prevent this from happening again in the future.