Drying a Flooded Finished Basement

Due to various reasons such as location and structural features, basements are prone to flooding. Such a situation can prove to be quite a pain in the butt, particularly if the basement is finished. Once you discover excess water in your basement, the first move that you should make is to extract it as soon as you can. However, flooding does not always occur in small amounts. There are times when more than just average household items are needed.

Knowing the Equipment Used

One of the reasons why basements are prone to flooding is because of its proximity to the water table. The risk also increases if the water table is high. When it rains, the ground can become inundated with water and if the home has cracks in the foundation, water can enter your home. There are some people who have already identified this problem and installed sump pumps as a remedy. A sump pump is a piece of equipment that is especially designed to extract liquids from a low-lying place such as a basement.

Another item that can be used to remove floodwater from the basement is a wet vacuum or a specially designed shop-vac. Despite the plainness of its name, it is not to be confused with ordinary vacuum cleaners. Unlike its household counterpart, a wet vacuum is meant to be operated in wet environments. Thus, it can effectively draw out the water without risk of electrocution.

Once you have discovered that your basement has experienced some flooding, your first reaction must be to remove the water. It's time to bring out items of professional standard.

Choosing which Items to Use

Choosing the equipment you will use to dry a finished basement is not a matter of chance. The situation must be carefully assessed to know which kind is best suited for it. Take note that a sump pump will need an exit point in order to remove the water. Without it, the pump will not work properly. Remember that when a basement floods, that logically entails that the drainages are rendered useless. Most likely, you will need to attach a hose to the pump so you can lead the water out of your home.

On the other hand, choosing to use a wet vacuum has its own consequences. The receptacle of this particular kind of vacuum is small, which means that you will have to empty it often. This can be quite bothersome for people and thus make wet vacuums as an inefficient choice.

Either way, it is still important to note that whatever equipment is used, what is important is that the moisture is removed as quickly as possible. After the water has been taken out, dehumidifiers, heaters, blowers or fans and increased ventilation will also help.

In case of large amounts of water

If your home has a few inches of water or more in it, it's probaly more than you should tackle. It could lead to damage and even mold, if not treated properly. Call a company to come and take care of it for you. Calling a full service restoration contractor will allow them to not only clean up the water but fix any damage that has occured from the flooding.