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Couple intentionally floods home to clean it up

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Would you purposely flood your basement? That's exactly what one Cedar Falls couple did just to prove they could clean it up.

Brad and Dana Smith own a carpet cleaning company. The couple intentionally filled a pool with a thousand gallons of water to flood their basement.

"Of course it was my husband's idea!" said Dana Smith.

Brad and Dana Smith said in some cases, everything impacted by flood water can be salvaged.

"Our intention is to prove a point. We're so confident in our ability to dry a structure out that we're willing to prove it by doing it to our own house," said Brad Smith.

The Smiths let the water flow. They want the flood demonstration to be a learning experience for clients and themselves.

"We want to experience it for ourselves. Displace ourselves so we understand more fully what flood victims are going through," said Smith.

The Smiths are positive they can clean the water up without any concern of mold or mildew.

"If I did not have the education I would have said no. I wouldn't want to risk things getting ruined, but since I have the same education as Brad, I knew I wasn't risking anything," said Dana Smith.

The water soaked the floor and walls. The Smiths let the water sit for several hours, as in most flooding situations.

"We have every tool necessary to salvage everything without tearing anything up," said Brad Smith.

Those tools include an extractor, which literally sucks up the water. Once the water is gone, drying equipment is set up.

The Smiths admit it's a lot of work to prove a point, but they hope their demonstration helps educate homeowners about their options.

If you'd like to see the clean up process for yourself, the Smith's house is open to the public Thursday and Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. The address is 3715 Carlton in Cedar Falls.

We want to point out, the method the Smith's used to save everything only works with clean water.

Gray water would require removing the pad and sewage water would require the removal of all the carpet.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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