A flooded basement can occur from a broken pipe, backed up sewer drains, heavy rains, or a broken water heater.
We always recommend leaving the clean up of water and drying to the professionals. There are several reasons we make this recommendation; electrical hazards, potential mold growth, biological hazards, chemical hazards, and many more.
As water sits on a carpet or any non-permeable surface, it wicks throughout carpet, up drywall, fabrics, cardboard and wood. When wet carpet, wet padding, wet drywall and wet cardboard are left for several days, mold will start to grow. Wet carpet and wet padding should be removed along with wet drywall. If personal contents have been damaged by water, place the damaged contents in a non-living space such as a garage, shed, or deck.
Until the insurance company has had an opportunity to inspect the water damage, it is your responsibility to mitigate the water damage. We suggest you use a professional restoration company, which has trained technicians qualified in dealing with water and sewage damage losses. Proper drying techniques should be performed using commercial dehumidifiers, air scrubbing machines, and air movers. Professional restoration companies have specific chemicals used to prevent bacteria growth.