Summer storms can be fast and furious and sometimes brutal. If you are in the Chicagoland area like the team at the Fresh Wave HQ right now, you know what we mean. Flooding.
A flooded basement is not only one of the most destructive events to your home, but it’s one of the most stressful to deal with. But we have some tips and tricks to help you clean up easier!
So gear up in your gloves, rubber boots, protective eye wear, and face mask. Grab a wet vac, paper towels, a garbage bag and a supply of Fresh Wave. It’s time to tackle the job.
Flood Clean Up Tips
Use Caution: Walk carefully around the outside and check for loose power lines, gas leaks, and structural damage. If you have any doubts about safety, have your home inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before entering. Safety first!
Dehumidify: Open all windows possible in damp areas. Clean up the last standing floodwater with a portable submersible sump pump and a wet dry vac. Then use a high capacity, low temperature dehumidifier to take care of the rest.
Control Mold & Mildew: Use basic cleaners with warm water to wash down and rinse clear any areas susceptible to mold. After the areas are cleaned, apply a mold inhibitor. Let’s try and stop it before it starts!
Take Odors Down: To remove odors from musty basements or any other room in your home, place Fresh Wave Gel throughout the spaces impacted by water damage. Here’s our special trick – pour Fresh Wave Gel over a large baking pan, place in the room and run a small fan just behind the pan. This accelerates the air flow powering the Fresh Wave odor removing magic formula to work even faster, removing the odors throughout the room. Look for our Fresh Wave 2 Gallon Gel Bucket (available at Bed Bath & Beyond, Ace Hardware, and our website) to cover a LOT of space and at a great value!
For laundry, towels, pet bedding, and slip covers that have been water logged, add Fresh Wave Laundry Booster to the wash cycle with detergent to get rid of those yucky smells in a single wash cycle. You can even add the Booster to a steam cleaner to remove odors from a saturated carpet!
To remove odors from upholstery and drapery, use Fresh Wave Odor Removing Spray taking care to use on water safe fabrics.
We know cleanup can be tough, but we Fresh Wave will be right there with you to help you take on the clean up challenge.
Stay fresh and dry, friends!