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Old 10-01-2010, 10:26 PM   #1
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Basement flooded today, my first time dealing with this as a homeowner. Cleaning up as best I can, but are there any "Be sure to check" or "don't forget to" tips anyone can give me to make sure I don't end up with problems in the future (mold, etc.)?

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Ouch, that sucks. Guess first step is find out the cause and fix it, but that's kinda the obvious.

Is it finished or unfinished? Either way, key things to check are probably appliances such as furnace, water heater, washer/dryer etc... make sure there's no water in them before they are put to use. May need to open them up to air them out.

Get lot of fans and dehumidifiers going in there. The faster you dry it out the less chance of mold. May want to get a couple jugs of Benefect too, and spray it everywhere.

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Part finished, part unfinished. Overall could have been worse. The two rooms with carpeting - one was completely dry, other has a damp spot in the corner that we're drying with a fan. All appliances are unscathed. mostly wet boxes.

I think my sump pump may have died.

How do I figure out the entry point? Was water in multiple places in the basement with no connection to each other.
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If you have any fiberglass that may possibly be damp, get rid of it. - Same applies to "drywall" since it will never really dry out in place and must be scrapped. - Insurance may cover it if the water came up and it was not directly from the surface (flood).

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Part finished, part unfinished. Overall could have been worse. The two rooms with carpeting - one was completely dry, other has a damp spot in the corner that we're drying with a fan. All appliances are unscathed. mostly wet boxes.

I think my sump pump may have died.

How do I figure out the entry point? Was water in multiple places in the basement with no connection to each other.
Details would help.
Is the sump part of a perimeter drain system?
Was it raining at the time?
Does the sump cycle on and off regardless of the weather outside?
Is the sump pump working or not? Should be an easy determination.
Is the sump pit filled with water?
All wet sheetrock should be replaced. For ease of install cut it out all at the same height. Turn on the dehumidifier, the fan(s) and open the windows. Remove all wet material and make sure the areas behind the walls are completely dry before you close them up.
As you open the walls, a perimeter drain system will be seen behind the floor bottom plate. If water filled it up, water would have overflowed around the basement walls. That would be the elusive connection.
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Dick, you will like this one.........

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