Homeowners begin fixup, cleanup and repairs from flooding

Flooding and water damage from a major storm like the one our area saw last week can affect your entire home. 1Capture

From ceilings and walls to flooring and of course, your basement the cleanup can be a nightmare.

First, blame last summer’s drought.  “The soil actually shrank, creating openings in the earth for water, lots of water, to run through and into your basement,” said Matt Stock, owner of U.S. Waterproofing.

Homeowners who have never had a problem with flooding are seeing all kinds of problems from overwhelming Spring storm.

They’re dealing with foundation cracks, sump pumps that are backing up and water coming up through the floors and walls of the foundation.

Experts say the cleanup needs to be done correctly in order to avoid mold and mildew.

For an unfinished basement, it’s recommended homeowners scrub the walls and floor with a mixture of three parts water and one part bleach.  Mold can get started in as little as 72 hours.

Finished basements are more complicated, often requiring the complete replacement of carpet and furniture.

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