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"I want a water damage remediation service"

I had a water pipe burst in my basement and there is a lot of water damage to the carpet, carpet pad and wood trim. Looking for suggestions. Help!

wanted by: barbara (27) in Arlington, MA 02476 +
updated on: Oct. 10, 2012, 4:17 p.m. (4 years, 8 months ago)
posted on: March 8, 2011, 2:25 p.m. (6 years, 3 months ago)
tags: basement basement flooding flood water water damage
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Water damage remediation in a finished basement

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Depending on how handy you are and how significant the water damage is, you can either try to do the remediation yourself or hire a local professional to do it for you.

Doing it yourself will entail fixing the source of the leak. I assume that you shut off the water when you found it, but you will of course need to repair the burst pipe. This is a fairly advanced do-it-yourself project, but there is a step-by-step guide on HGTV's website.

Once the problem is fixed, then you can deal with the water damage remediation. Fold back the carpet and carpet pad in the area that got wet and mop up all of the standing water. Next, get as many large fans as you can and use them to dry the carpet, floor and baseboard.

Ask your friends and neighbors for extra fans and humidifiers or contact a local rental agency to get some large, high-powered fans for drying the carpet, pad and concrete. If your flooding wasn't too severe you should be able to salvage your carpet and pad.


comment Those industrial drying fans do a great job quickly removing the moisture from your carpets and pads, greatly reducing the chance that mold will form. I highly recommend them. - clem 6 years, 3 months ago
comment I agree, those fans make quick work of drying your carpet. They're noisy as all heck though, although I found the noise calming, know that it was getting rid of the moisture in my basement! - mitch 6 years, 3 months ago
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My own basement flood damage story

Unfortunately, I've had a few basement water flooding experiences. Two houses ago, I was living in a townhouse with a finished basement with a laundry area. One morning while we were out of the house having breakfast, we had a washing machine water hose burst.

Our basement was finished and had an area setup for TV watching, our home office, a small woodshop and an exercise area. Luckily, we caught the flood within a couple of hours, but even in that little amount of time, we had about an inch of water on one end of the basement.

Fortunately, I had not placed any of our computers directly on the basement floor. I had each of them raised about 3 or 4 inches off the floor on pieces of scrap wood. I learned my lesson that day. Now I *never* place anything of value directly on the basement floor, no matter if I have a know basement water problem or not. I don't trust the water tightness of any basement, even the dry basements.

At bare minimum, go to your local Home Depot, Ace Hardware or Lowes and pickup up couple 2x4s. If you don't have a hand saw, you can often cut the boards down right at the store. If you have a miter saw, well, then you are in a great shape.

Chop the 2x4 into one foot lengths (dimensional lumber lesson: a 2x4 actually measures 1-1/2 in x 3-1/2 in). Most home improvement centers sell 2x4s in 8-foot lengths, which is about the maximum length you can transport in a car anyhow, so you'll get 8 pieces making 4 pairs of blocks. Place each section on its shorter edge so you can raise your box or computer up a full 3-1/2 inches off your basement floor. Unfortunately, 1-1/2 inch is often not enough to save your goods from water damage, and in bad cases, the 3-1/2 inches won't be enough either.

I guess the moral of my story is: don't put anything irreplaceable anywhere close to your basement floor, no matter how "dry" it is!
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Check your washing machine water hoses

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I'm diligent about checking my washing machine water feed hoses for damage or signs of stress. Many times, if you have rubber feed hoses, you will be able to see that a hoses is close to failure. There may be a bulge forming in the hose which indicates that there is a weak area that could burst.

As soon as you see any signs of wear or failure, turn off the water to the machine and replace the hoses immediately. A stainless steel replacement hose is not very expensive (will cost around $15) so it's worth replacing to save you the cost and property loss that a flooded basement will cost.
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