1. Call your insurance company.
The first thing you should do is call your insurance company and notify them of the situation. They might have additional advice and information to give you as well.
2. Disconnect the power to the flooded areas.
Make sure that the power to the flooded areas is turned off, because power outlets and wiring below water can pose a serious electrocution risk.
3. Remove items from flooded area.
Once you have the power turned off and it is safe to enter the flood, start removing any items from the area. Start with any electronics, because they are usually affected most by water, and then remove any furniture, carpet, and anything else in the flooded area.
4. Clear out the water.
After the area is clear, it’s time to clear out the water. This can be done in a number of ways, from old school methods such as buckets, mops, and towels, to more efficient ways such as using water pumps and wet/dry vacuums.
5. Dry out the area.
With the water cleared away, it’s time to dry out the flooded area. Open up all of your basement windows and use fans and floor dryers to help circulate the air. Drying out the flooded area is one of the most important steps in preventing mold growth.
6. Disinfect the area.
Once the flooded area is dried out, it is important to disinfect it to make sure any bacteria that may have come from any sewers or drains is killed.
7. Prevent mold.
Since flood conditions are perfect for mold growth, it is very important to prevent mold growth after cleanup is complete. Cleaning the area with a bleach product is a good way to prevent mold growth.