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How to Drain a Flooded Basement

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

A sump pump installed in a basement of a home with a water powered backup system. Rent a submersible pump

How to Drain a Flooded Basement

After a basement flood, draining the water away should be your first priority. If your home in Hilshire Village, TX, suffers a flood, removing the intrusion of water will be necessary before you can start on cleanup and repairs. If you choose to attempt the task yourself, there are a few key things to remember.

1. Wait for Flooding to Stop
If your basement was flooded by an actual flood or natural disaster, wait for the floodwater to recede before you attempt to drain the basement. If the basement flood was caused by a pipe burst or faulty appliance, make sure the water is turned off and flooding stopped before you begin to drain the water away. Draining water while it is still flowing is both dangerous and fruitless.

2. Rent a Submersible Pump
Hardware stores will likely have the same equipment that professionals would use available for rent. Rent a submersible pump and follow all safety procedures and instructions carefully. Extend the electrical cord to the generator up and away from the pump so that it does not touch the water. Attach a hose to the pump that is long enough to extend out of your home. Depending on the depth of the water, you may have to lower the pump into the water with a rope. To drain the water faster, use more than one pump.

3. Dry Everything Thoroughly
Anything that may have absorbed water is at risk for mold growth. This is not limited to belongings. Carpets, floors, walls, and porous ceilings that became water-logged in the flood should be professionally cleaned and dried or replaced. Depending on the cause of the flood and your insurance coverage, the cost of these repairs and replacements may be partially or wholly covered. Check with your provider to see what your specific coverage provides for.
If you'd prefer not to attempt to drain a basement flood yourself, many restoration professionals can help with draining away water after a flood as well as with cleanup and repairs after.

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