Here’s What To Do if Your Basement Floods

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Basements all across Northeast Ohio were flooded after Monday night’s storms.

When water invades the basement, you have to move fast to prevent mold.

The U.S. EPA has recommendations to make the clean-up more effective.

**Remove excess water with mops or wet vacs.
**Move wet items to a dry and well-ventilated area to expedite drying.
**Move rugs and pull up areas of wet carpet.
**Open closet and cabinet doors to increase circulation.
**Move furniture away from walls to increase circulation.
**Run portable fans to increase air circulation. Do not use the home’s central blower if flooding has occurred in any of the ducts.
**Run dehumidifiers and window air conditioners to lower humidity.
**If water has entered the walls, it may be necessary to open wall cavities, remove baseboards, or pry open wall paneling.
**Spraying with a household disinfectant on fungi and mold will not remove the organisms and can exacerbate breathing problems.

*Watch Lorrie Taylor’s report above for more*

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