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    Did you lose power and/or have water in the basement?

    We didn't lose power at all, which was awesome because the sump pump would've died. On some of the other walls, we did have water coming in. All together we had about and inch of water in about 2/3's of the basement. It could have been worse though. I feel bad for Sea Bright!

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    power out all over north jersey. Trees down everywhere. its bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakagrom View Post
    power out all over north jersey. Trees down everywhere. its bad
    I'm very grateful we didn't lose power, but I hate drying out the basement.

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    I didn't check Sea Bright this weekend. How bad was the flooding and beach erosion? Andy K's and the center of town must have been under water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stoneybaloney View Post
    I'm very grateful we didn't lose power, but I hate drying out the basement.
    We had a damp floor in the utility room of our basement. I think it may have been coming up from the floor cause the walls weren't damp at all. It may have had something to do with the fact that the snow took out one of our gutters and we havent had it replaced yet.

    What do you do to dry it out? I'm running a dehumidifier in there right now. You know of anything else to do to make sure no mold starts growing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brek View Post
    We had a damp floor in the utility room of our basement. I think it may have been coming up from the floor cause the walls weren't damp at all. It may have had something to do with the fact that the snow took out one of our gutters and we havent had it replaced yet.

    What do you do to dry it out? I'm running a dehumidifier in there right now. You know of anything else to do to make sure no mold starts growing?
    I wet-vac all the water up that I can see. On the one side of the basement I run the dehumidifier and on the other side, the furnace throws enough dry heat to kill moisture. It sucks, but having the shop-vac is helpful.

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    Drying out basements

    The most important thing to do in drying out a basement is to get a lot of air moving around. Get as many fans in the basement as possible with the dehumidifier. Keep them as close to the floor as possible. If you have carpet get it out of there if possible. They rent fans to dry out carpets. Of course do all this after you sucked out all the standing water. Bleach in a spray bottle applied to the wet areas will also stop mold / mildew but its not good to breath in. If dry wall is saturated cut it out up to where it is dry - you can always patch sections in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recycled Surfer View Post
    The most important thing to do in drying out a basement is to get a lot of air moving around.
    Yeah true and we're catching a break this week with the warm weather. I plan on opening the basement windows while we're home. Please God give the water table time to drop before we get any more precipitation!

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    waist deep in my baisment, knee deep in my garage i lost a powersander, vacum, and worst of all.. the motorcycle... and a lexus caught on fire in front of my house on saturday.. in the flood

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    No Bleach

    Quote Originally Posted by Recycled Surfer View Post
    The most important thing to do in drying out a basement is to get a lot of air moving around. Get as many fans in the basement as possible with the dehumidifier. Keep them as close to the floor as possible. If you have carpet get it out of there if possible. They rent fans to dry out carpets. Of course do all this after you sucked out all the standing water. Bleach in a spray bottle applied to the wet areas will also stop mold / mildew but its not good to breath in. If dry wall is saturated cut it out up to where it is dry - you can always patch sections in.
    Bleach does not kill mold. Only bleaches it white so then you cant see it. Mold generally goes into a dormant state and then when cool moist conditions come back so does the mold and bleach does not kill it and the bleach odors can also return when it gests wet again. Dry it out as best as possible as soon as possible.