Restoration companies slammed with flood cleanup

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 9, 2015) - After a week of flooding in Central Indiana, cleanup crews are busy getting water out of homes and cleaning up what flooding left behind.

“We’ve pumped out all the water obviously, extracted; now we’ve got to remove it all,” said Jeff McKee, the General Manager of Klean Restoration as he surveyed the damage in an Irvington home.

His company is busy cleaning flooded basements throughout Indianapolis.

The sound of new carpet being ripped up in her basement was the last thing Irvington homeowner, Boots Kervan wanted to hear.

“I just redid that basement three years ago and now they’re going to have to take out the walls, the carpeting, and that’s going to be another couple months of work around here and it’s going to be costly on top of it all,” she said.

It will cost Kervan more than $5,000 to clean up the damage six inches of standing sewage water left behind.

“We’ve had crews out all week from morning till 1-2 o’clock in the morning going home to sleep for a few hours and getting back on it,” said McKee.

McKee and his crews have been slammed with work after heavy rain made for some of the wettest weeks on record in Indiana.

On Thursday his crews worked on two homes in Irvington. The homeowners will have to pay thousands of dollars, first to rip up and take out all the ruined carpet and sheetrock. In one historic home, antiques were potentially ruined. McKee said likely months of work will lie ahead in these homes.

The work and cost though are a small price to pay to make sure bigger problems don’t grow, “On a flooded basement, depending on the size runs anywhere from $5,000-$15,000 or whatever, but a mold project because you have to take out so much, clean so much, can be sometimes that or more,” said McKee.

With more rain slated in days to come, homeowners now have nightmares of what could come.

“Last night when it started raining, both my daughter and I woke up and I never wake up in the rain, I came downstairs looked in the basement and thought oh god I hope nothing’s there,” said Kervan.

The longer you wait to clean up a flooded part of your home, the more risk you put yourself in. If you have standing water in your basement, the absolute longest it can stay there said McKee is five days. Anything longer and you’re looking at a total remodel including ripping up walls and basically having to redo your entire basement.

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