Here at Tom’s Basement Waterproofing, we see more and more finished basements that have unfortunately suffered the effects of our harsh Michigan winter.
Often carpeted areas, the basement waterproofing process takes on a new challenge; keeping a remodeled and finished basement in tack, through the waterproofing process.
When you have carpet laid in your basement and experience water issues, the clean-up method is slightly different than a normal cemented basement. If you notice that water has seeped into your carpeted basement, you need to act fast! Carpet should be dried within a 3-day period, before mold can potentially start to emerge. If you notice that the floodwater is murky, it’s time to call in Tom’s Basement Waterproofing to make sure that your basement is put back together professionally. Luckily, if the floodwater is clean, there are several steps you can take yourself, in order to start the clean-up process.
First, we suggest the following products to eliminate water from a carpeted basement:
- Carpet Cleaner: These can be rented, and will eliminate as most of the moisture in your carpet
- Industrial Fan: Try and rent two, so you can move the moisture out of the basement more quickly
- Dehumidifier: Even if you already have a small dehumidifier, a larger commercial appliance will put your water issues to rest more quickly
Follow this quick step-by-step guide to make your carpeted water troubles an issue of the past!
- Turn off all power that connects to the basement. This means unplugging everything that is in an outlet, removing power strips, and transfer anything upstairs that still needs electricity to maintain.
- Get to work with your carpet cleaner. Move in a slow consistent direction across your carpet. Once you’ve gone over the entire carpeted area, complete this step again, but this time in a different direction. Repeat this process as many times as necessary to remove the majority of the water.
- Turn on the fans and dehumidifiers. Ensure that your hard work with the carpet cleaner doesn’t go to waste. At this point, it should be safe to turn on the power, and get things running. If it is not, make sure to purchase long extension cords to run the wires upstairs.
- Pull back the carpeting. You’ll want to make sure to inspect the pads underneath the carpet, to ensure sure they are still viable. Cut the pad into small sections, and leave it out to dry. If it’s not salvageable, don’t waste time with drying, and purchase new carpet pads.
- Maintain the basement temperature. Keep your basement between 70-75 degrees, to make sure the fans and dehumidifiers are working at their maximum potential.
Call The Experts At Tom’s Basement Waterproofing For Our Recommendations For Fixing And Waterproofing Your Basement
With these few steps put into place, your carpeted basement should be back in working order in no time! If you feel that the damage is more extensive than just a little bit of clear water, it’s time to call Tom’s Basement Waterproofing (586) 776-7270. We’ll make sure to check your insulation, and properly disinfect your basement, to make it the livable space you’ve grown accustom to.