Basement Drying >> Flooded Basement

It's laundry day, you round up your clothes and you start to head to the basement as you're getting close you start to hear a hissing sound. You think to yourself, that's a sound I've never heard before you also think, when was the last time I went in the basement. As you round the corner and look down the stairs, your heart sinks, you can't believe it, a pipe leak, your basement is half-full of water. You think, I have a sump pump, but it must not be working, this is going to be some major [ ME] here's how the pros do it.

  1. Flooded Basement requires some equipment that you may not normally have around your house. If your basement is half-full water, you'll need to start with some sort of a pump and a place to pump the water to. If you use a gas powered pump, the pump would have to sit outside because of the carbon monoxide fumes. You would need enough hose to reach from the basement, up the stairs, and out into the yard and can your yard handle that much water without flooding your neighbor. Once you've pumped out as much water as possible (don't let the pump run dry) it's time to finish off with a shop VAC.
  2. It would be nice to have a shop VAC that had enough hose to reach all the way in the Flooded Basement and this shop VAC was the kind that had a pump in it. It makes basement drying so much faster and easier. After all the water has been vacuumed up it's time to use big air moving fans. You'll want to try to dry as much as possible, pull up any carpet that you might have and let the fan blow underneath of it. If it's obvious that the carpet cannot be saved don't waste your time tear it out and throw it away.
  3. Buy yourself a moisture tester, test for moisture content in the drywall. Now if the basement was half-full of water you know you don't have to test the drywall below or at the level of the water. The start a few inches above the water level and work your way up, see if there is any drywall that didn't get wet. If all of the drywall did get wet, then it must all be torn out and replaced. If you stored any important papers in the basement talk to a professional about document restoration. Continuing on with the Flooded Basement, assess any other damage.
  4. It's a good idea to get a least one good size dehumidifier to finish off the Flooded Basement. Preferably run the hose from the dehumidifier to a drain to extract the water. If the water got into any electrical outlets or light switches, unless you possess the knowledge working with electricity it's probably a good idea to hire a professional electrician. If any DVD player, television, computer or stereo system was in the water damage they can be taken to a professional for electronic restoration.
  5. If none of the building materials can be salvaged and the basement has to be completely rebuilt, when framing the exterior walls make sure to install a moisture resistant barrier. Especially if you live in part of the country that has high humidity levels. You don't want to experience another situation that would require basement drying. If you have a water heater or your washer and dryer in the Flooded Basement it might be a good idea to install moisture sensors.

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