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How To Drain Your Flooded Basement

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Flood damage to your home is definitely something you want to avoid since this problem can cause a number of issues that lead to huge repair costs. For example, you could have to replace all of your furniture because of water damage, hire professionals for mold removal, and even replace the flooring of your home completely. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to control the flooding of your home since outside weather conditions are one of the main reasons flooding happens in the first place, especially in the basement.

So, if you are dealing with flooding in your basement, here's how you can get the water drained out to help prevent mold and other high-cost damages:

Turn Off Electricity

Before doing anything when you enter your home, you must turn off the electricity to ensure that while in standing water in the basement, you are not electrocuted. Be sure that you find your fuse box and use a wooden stick to turn off the electricity. You don't want to turn it off with your own hands since this can lead to you being electrocuted. Also, be sure that you do not have to stand in water to switch off the fuse box, which can be fatal.

Use a Pump

You can purchase a water pump or rent one from your local hardware store to help with this step, which can be run by a generator. You are going to want to use the pump in your basement, unless it is a gas powered pump, which must be used outside with the pump leading into the basement from a window to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Using the pump, remove about a half of the water, put a mark at the water level and leave it to sit overnight. You want to do this to be sure that there is no water leaking into the basement still. When you come back the next day, the water should be lower than the mark you have made. If not, then you must wait overnight again after pumping out another third. If the water level has then decreased, you can pump out all of the water. 

Clean Up

Cleaning up is one of the hardest steps of draining water out of your basement. There may be lots of gunk to clean out and you need to be sure that you dry up all water thoroughly to ensure there is no chance for mold growth. Use fans to help dry out the basement and once it is safe (when there is no standing water in the basement), use your vacuum to help soak up as much water as possible.

From here, you may want to hire professionals to help with the rest of the clean up since they will have all necessary tools to remove excess water left behind on the floors and walls of your basement.

By knowing how to drain your flooded basement, you can take care of much of the problem on your own, which can help save you money and ensure that your home is back to normal once the flood has passed. To learn more, contact a company like B-Sure Systems Inc. with any question sor concerns you have.