Making your basement usable again after the Calgary flood

In one way or another, the floods that swept through Calgary, High River and area affected everyone. Hopefully your home was undamaged; if you weren’t so lucky, you’re now likely facing a basement full of water damage and a renovation project that you aren’t sure where to start. You’re probably saying to yourself, the water’s gone but now what?

While recovering from a flooded basement is a big job, it’s not insurmountable. The best way to tackle it is one step at a time. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Decontamination is essential. Mould in your house is a serious health hazard. That means you should get rid of all flooring, drywall and insulation. Even the insulation in the ceiling should go. Don’t forget to check doors and windows for damage as well.
  2. If the water hit the electrical work, it needs to be replaced – the panel, the switches, everything. Any corrosion can be a fire hazard, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. The same goes for a gas system or any appliances.
  3. Before you start rebuilding, make sure everything is completely dry and bacteria free. Get it tested.
  4. If possible, turn this disaster into an opportunity. Did you have 70s wood paneling that you’ve been meaning to replace for a decade? Now’s the time to turn that cold, dingy basement into a stunning space that everyone will want to enjoy.

These same steps apply for anytime you’re facing renovations after water in your basement, whether it’s there from a sewer back up or a natural disaster.

And we suggest hiring professionals at every stage if possible, from mould removal to renovation. Making your basement livable after a flood is often more than a simple DIY project – your family’s health and safety depends on it being done right.