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Basement floods can be caused by either natural disasters or manmade malfunctions. Heavy rainfalls, backed up sewer lines, malfunctioning sump pumps, burst water pipes and broken hoses on appliances, like washing machines or water heaters can all contribute to standing water in basement areas.
If unremediated, basement flooding will lead to severe problems such as weakening of structural support beams and other edifices that support the house, as well as rotted sheetrock and wall insulation. Toxic black water basement flooding from outside sources can also pose serious health threats to household residents. It’s important to begin basement water removal as soon as possible.
Water Removal From the Basement
Draining a basement after a storm is a job best left to professionals. The first thing a property damage restoration service will do in the case of basement water removal is to identify the source of the water in the basement. This will determine the type of safety precautions they need to use as well as the cost of the services. Black and grey water removal services will cost more than sanitary water removal services.
If the water backup is due to a plugged drain, then the drain must be unplugged. Debris builds up quickly in storm traps, particularly during the fall and winter months.
Restoring drainage alone, however, will not be enough to complete water removal from the basement in a timely fashion. Professional water removal services use large pumps and siphon hoses to suck up the water in the flooded basement. This water may need to be transported away from the flooded premises after it is evacuated to prevent it from leaking back into the basement.
What To Do When Your Basement Floods
Basement water removal is a job best left to professionals, but there are two things you can do before the professionals arrive on the scene.
• Shut off the water supply to any malfunctioning plumbing.
• Initiate contact with the insurance company that carries your homeowner’s policy.
Preventing Basement Flooding
Many homeowners are resigned to having a basement that floods several times every autumn and winter. However, many professional water removal services are happy to work with you in an advisory capacity to set up a plan that will keep your basement premises dry and useable all year around. This generally entails installing a sump pump and a proper drainage system in your basement area.
Basement Sump Pumps
A sump pump is a pump that is specially designed to prevent your basement and the spaces around it from flooding during severe storms. The sump itself is a reservoir into which groundwater drains when the water table moves up too high. The sump is generally positioned away from the house. The sump pump itself, as its name implies, pumps water away from the house’s foundations and basement into the sump.
Reliable water remediation services can work with homeowners on systems that will pump water away from the house and prevent water seepage through porous basement walls.
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