Inches of rain have soaked the Twin Ports and many basements sustained water damage and need to be dried and cleaned, but if you're like me, you may have no idea what to do next. I've scoured the internet and this is the first 3 things I'm going to do, as soon as the rain stops.

  • 1

    Dry The Basement

    If you have some fans or a dehumidifier, crank them up. Also use a mop or towels to dry as much as you can, as quickly as you can, you don't want to give bacteria and mold a place to grow. Drying could take up to 24 hours or more.

  • 2

    Remove Wet and Damaged Stuff

    Any rugs, boxes, carpet or any belongings that are soggy or completely destroyed should be removed from the basement while it's drying. Some of the water may contain sewage, so it's very important that you wear gloves and try not to get any scratches that could get infected. You can trying drying stuff and saving it, but make sure that it is 100% dry and mold free before returning to the basement.

  • 3

    Clean and Sanitize

    After the basement is dry, start cleaning up. Sweeping up any dirt or debris that may be left behind and then you'll need to start cleaning any surface that was touched by the water, remember the water could contain sewage, so it's important to wear gloves and be mindful of how nasty it is. The magic solution you'll need is 1 cup of bleach and 5 gallons of water. After a good scrub, run the fans and dehumidifier again for 24 hours.