My Basement Flooded and Now it Smells, Help!


Rain or Overwatering Leave Your Basement Flooded in the Collegeville PA Area?

 

Wet basements stink.

Literally…

With all of the rain and unseasonably warm weather here in the Philadelphia are the last few months, the questions about how to de-flood and de-stink a basement are pouring in.

 

My Basement Flooded, Now What?

Ok, your basement is now wet. Time to assess the damage.

 

  • How deep is the flood?
  • Do you have carpet? Wood Floors? Cement?
  • Can you see where the leak came from?
  • Is your sump pump running?
  • Does the basement smell bad? Musty?

basement waterproofing before pictureIf you have carpet, it probably has to go. Wet carpets lead to mold and mildew growth, both of which are health hazards. (Click here to learn more about how mold can harm you).

 

Vacuuming the carpet won’t help. Water trapped deep inside will attract mold.

If you have wood or laminate floors, you’ll have to have them checked. Water gets under the boards and it will cause the wood to bubble and bow…and mold will grow under them.

 

  • Next, call in a professional who can find out where the leak started. They’ll then be able to determine how to fix it so no more water gets in.

 

Hopefully, your pump is running so that water gets out, fast.

But, if it keeps raining, like it is today, you may need something much stronger.

We have a special pump system that can drain over 24,000 gallons of water out of a basement in an hour! That is an average swimming pool worth of water pumped out in one hour!

 

We Got the Water Out, Why Does the Smell Remain?

 

Musty odors after a flooding indicate the presence of mold. This is the most dangerous aspect of having a wet basement…the mold and mildew growth.

Mold can kill you, so living with it for even one day isn’t recommended.

 

When we get rid of the water, we can also remediate the mold. The important thing is to also get rid of the spores in the air. If not, mold will simply return once the dust settles.

 

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