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Old 09-23-2010, 11:07 AM   #1
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My finished basement got destroyed from a broken pipe which flooded out the basement. Threw out the rugs and drywall....can anyone offer advice on how to clean up the basement floor and walls to kill and prevent mold from forming before I put up new drywall and level the floor with cement? Thanks.

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Your best bet is to get some industrial fans to help dry things out. Even a dehumidifier will help get the moisture out. You can rent all of these at a rental place. Leave them on for a few days and it will help dry things out. Whatever doesn't dry in a few days is not worth keeping, throw it out.

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If you have fiberglass that has been exposed to moisture, take it out and replace the insulation (different type hopefully). It will not dry out in place with just some fans blowing on it. It has to be removed and aerated by movement the cause drying. Since you have it out, you might as well put in something better and you wall have a change to treat most of the framing to give it a chance.

I have inspected homes that had repairs made 3 months earlier that had to be torn out.

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