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8 Ways to Clean a Flooded Basement

Dealing with a flooded basement is a nightmare.  

It’s not just about water removal; it’s about protecting your home and your family’s health.  

Whether it’s due to natural disasters, faulty appliances, or plumbing issues, knowing how to effectively clean up after is important.  

Watch this video from our friends at Groundworks for helpful hints and tricks.

Top Steps to Clean Up After Your Basement Floods

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1. Ensure Safety First

Before entering your basement, ensure it’s safe to do so. Make sure electricity and gas are turned off to avoid accidents. Gear up with gloves and boots to keep yourself safe.

2. Document Everything

Before you start cleaning, document the damage. Take photos or videos for insurance claims. This will help in getting your claim processed faster and more accurately.

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3. Remove Water

Use a sump pump, wet vac, or mops to remove standing water. It’s essential to act quickly to prevent further damage and mold growth.

4. Dry Out the Area

Ventilate the basement by opening doors and windows. Use fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the area thoroughly. This can take several days but is important for preventing mold.

5. Clean and Sanitize

Once dry, clean all affected surfaces with water and mild detergent. Then, sanitize them to kill bacteria and mold spores. Pay special attention to floors, walls, and items that were submerged.

6. Dispose of Damaged Items

Sort through your belongings. Throw away anything that’s been severely damaged or contaminated. Be cautious with items like soaked mattresses and upholstered furniture, as they’re challenging to clean thoroughly.

7. Prevent Mold Growth

Apply mold inhibitors to walls and floors. Keep the basement dry and well-ventilated to stop mold from growing. Regularly check the area for any signs of mold in the following weeks.

8. Get Professional Help

Calling in experts from Foundation Systems of Michigan means getting tailored solutions such as interior drains, sump pumps, or dehumidifiers to address your specific needs.


Yes, take detailed photos or videos before, during, and after cleanup for insurance purposes and potential claims.

It depends on the floodwater type and duration of exposure. Clean water floods may allow carpets to be saved if dried quickly, but padding usually needs to be replaced. Contaminated water from sewage or outdoor flooding generally requires discarding both for health reasons.

Drying time varies based on factors like humidity, ventilation, and the extent of the flooding, but it typically takes from a few days to a week.

Secure Your Basement with Professional Help from FSM

Cleaning up after a basement flood is a daunting task, but taking these steps can help minimize damage and prevent future issues.

However, it’s essential to address the underlying causes of the flood to keep your basement dry in the long run.

Scheduling a free inspection with Foundation Systems of Michigan can provide peace of mind and help ensure your basement remains dry for years to come.

Don’t wait for the next flood; take steps today to protect your home and family.

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Leah Leitow

Leah Leitow

Content Writer

Leah is a Content Writer for Groundworks with nearly ten years of experience working in the foundation repair industry. Her experience ranges from working with homeowners to find the right solution to training inspectors and staff. In her background as a Michigan journalist, she gained invaluable insight into people's lives throughout our state. Leah lives in metro Detroit with her husband and two sons.

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