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Rid Your Flooded Basement of Damaged Goods

May 8, 2017.

Basements can be a huge asset in your house:  they’re great for storing athletic equipment, extra items that won’t fit into a closet, and are a great place to hang out with the family if you’re lucky enough to have a finished basement. Things in the basement can go south, however, if you get hit hard with heavy rains and flooding.

According to the National Flood Insurance Program, floods come in at $3 billion in claims each and every year. And because basements are underground, they have a tendency to fill up quickly, and the water damage from flooding can unfortunately be quite devastating in some cases.

When you have a flooded basement, sometimes it’s hard to know where the cleanup even begins and what’s safe or unsafe to keep. Here’s how to get rid of damaged items when your basement floods.

First Get Everything Dry in Your Flooded Basement

First things first, when your basement floods, it’s important to contact a restoration and water damage professional who can safely and quickly clean up your space. It’s crucial to get rid of the water as soon as you can so you can decrease the amount of mold and damage.

The longer the water stands, the more likely mold will form on the walls and floors, so time is of the essence. Once you get everything dry, you will be able to assess exactly how much property damage was done.

Assess the Flood Damage

Now that you’ve gotten everything dry, it’s time to take a look at your things. Many homeowners have complete rec rooms or even guest bedrooms set up in finished basements, so the amount of damage depends on how much stuff you were storing downstairs.

A good rule of thumb for sorting out items after a flood is whether or not they completely dry out within 48 hours. If there is any hint of moisture after 48 hours, it’s likely that it will grow mold and not be an item you want to keep in your house.

Once you have examined all of your items and assessed their moisture levels, you’ll have a better idea of what you need to eliminate from your house.

How to Dispose of Flood Damaged Items

If you’re lucky, you may only need to throw away a few items after your basement floods. However, if you have a lot of damage to property and goods, you’re going to need to figure out where and how to dispose of your flood-damaged items.

At Jiffy Junk, we offer services to eliminate damaged goods from your basement so that you don’t have to deal with the stress. We know that cleanup after a basement flood requires a lot of work. We provide you with fast and easy pick up service, so there’s one less thing for you to worry about.

Whether you just need a few boxes hauled away or you need everything from the carpet to the furniture removed, we’re here to help take it off your hands.

For more information on our services or for a quote, call us at (844) 543-3966.

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