Have you recently discovered water in your basement after a heavy rain? Finding water in your basement can be startling, and it can leave you wondering what you should do now. You want to get the water out as soon as possible, but how? You might be worried about permanent structural damage to your basement or foundation, or hidden damage from mold that can affect your family’s health.

Fortunately, this kind of seepage rarely causes any structural damage to your home. You will want to remove the water immediately, but you should wait until the rain has stopped. Sometimes with the cessation of the rain, the water will recede. Other times, you will have to remove it yourself.

What to use:

Many basements come equipped with a basement drain, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry, you can still get the water out. Renting a sump pump or wet vacuum can remove water quickly. Be careful not to use an electric appliance if your control panel is in an area that’s flooded. Battery operated pumps are necessary then. Always put safety first when it comes to electronics and water.

If there is mud or debris in the water, you’ll want to remove that too. Removing the silt and mud can allow your basement to dry. It seems counter-intuitive to clean up from a flood with water, but you might need to rinse your basement walls and flooring with clean water through a high-pressure hose. Start at the top of any flooded area and work your way down.

The faster you can get your basement dry, the better chance you have of eliminating problems with mold or damage to your flooring. If you have windows, open them. Leave your doors open to allow air to flow through. It’s possible for you to rent large fans or dehumidifiers to aid in your efforts.

Safety First:

Work with a protective mask or respirator to protect your lungs. If you have any reason to think that raw sewage is in the water, wear boots and gloves while you clean up, or contact a cleaning company to do the work for you.

Once you’ve cleaned out the water, you’ll want to discover why your basement was leaking and fix the source of the leak. It could be trouble with drainage on your property, or it could result from cracks in your foundation. You might even have a leak in your roof that is leading to water in your basement.

After you’ve taken care of the source of the leak, you’ll want to restore your basement and flooring to pre-flood condition – or better! Click here to talk to a trusted local company about your flooring needs and begin enjoying your basement again.