How to Make Quick Work of a Flooded Warehouse

new-429-large_size_image-dri-eaz-sahara-pro-daisy-chainThe Atlanta area has literally been flooded with rain recently. Typically our summers look a lot like Florida: Scorching hot during the day with a few pop up showers in the afternoon. Lately it has been more like “take cover because a long, torrential downpour is on the way.”

All the rain this past weekend left one furniture store with quite a mess! Their basement, which serves as warehouse space with lots of valuable pieces, was completely flooded when rain leaked into their basement. By the time the skies cleared nearly a foot of standing water was present in some areas.

Luckily, a few sturdy Sylvane products came to the rescue. In fact, the water damage was taken care of by the end of the weekend, so it didn’t influence business come Monday morning. One of our popular shop vacs removed a large amount of the water and debris, before a few industrial fans removed excess moisture in the floors, wood, and boxes.

If you’re ever in the same predicament, these products could save you a lot of hassle and money. Let’s take a look at what happened:


It didn’t take long to notice the water damage upon entering the basement/warehouse. First, they moved everything out of the water to avoid further damage. Then, they called on one of our most popular wet/dry vacuums, the Nilfisk ALTO Attix 50.


Not only does the Nilfisk Attix 50 take care of wet and dry messes, but it’s known for being easier to use than other bulky commercial vacuums. Heavy-duty wheels, powerful suction (135 CFM), and a 12-gallon capacity helped remove the water quickly. It also has a long extension tube to reach farther than other models.

This vacuum handled a majority of the sitting water and debris, but the work wasn’t done yet. It’s important to completely dry your space after a flood. There’s generally still moisture in the air, wood, and on floors after flood damage.


Once the “hard” work was over, 3 Dri-Eaz Sahara E TurboDryer air movers were brought in to finish the job. As you can tell, the wood, boxes, and other items were wet. And it’s nearly impossible for any shop vac to dry them.

The Sahara E TurboDryer is commonly used for water damage restoration and new construction drying. Each model can dry about 200 square feet from a single position. Run the dryers for as long as needed to handle the remaining moisture.


One of the main reasons it’s so effective is its underside drying vent that reaches floors quicker than other models. It also comes with built-in microban protection to inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria, which is a must when working in damp environments or a flooded basement. Dealing with mold and mold removal isn’t fun, so it’s it’s important to get rid of moisture as quickly as possible.


Contractors are also fans of their thoughtful design. If you’re dealing with large spaces and need multiple models (like this furniture store, which used 3), you can stack them on top of each other when you’re done. Then it’s on to the next job.

This warehouse went from underwater to ready-to-go in less than 72 hours. Not bad considering the mess all the rain caused. The Nilfisk ALTO Attix 50, which is also available in a smaller model (the Nilfisk ALTO Attix 30), and a handful of Dri-Eaz Saharas made quick work of an unfortunate situation. If you’re ever in the same predicament, these may be great options for your space too.

Unfortunately, basement waterproofing is a tough task and accidents happen. Have any flood cleaning tips? Ever used one of these products? If so, let us know about your experience in the comments below. Or even better, share some photos with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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