How to dry a basement after flooding

Water in your basement can cause a lot of problems, from water damage to your walls and floor and also to your belongings. You could be spending a lot of money for making the necessary repairs for the basement, so you need, at least, to make sure that you seal all the leaks.

Some of the tools and materials that you will need are:

  • Crowbar
  • Brick
  • Dehumidifier
  • Hair dryer
  • Hammer
  • Nails

Basement paneling

Many basements have floor and wall panels.

It’s important that you dry these panels, even after the water has been drained from the basement. So what you will need to do is first remove the water from the basement using a pump or buckets and a broom. These sweep the remaining water. Let the surface of the floor dry.

Panel removing

It’s possible that you won’t have to remove all the panels, but at least you want to check. Use a crowbar to remove the existing panels. Do not use too much force because you may damage the panels. See if the panels have been affected by the water. If the panels have been affected by the water, then you should remove them all. You can replace them with new ones, or install an insulating material first.

How to dry the wet panels

The trick is air circulation. You can keep the panels inside the basement as long as you install a dehumidifier inside. Let them dry for a few days and then mount them back.

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