Basement Water Extraction

By | January 8, 2013

How to Remove Water from Your Basement ASAP

Basement water extraction is the most difficult water extraction task you may face after a water disaster. Basement flooding carries with it a huge potential for serious damage to your home’s foundation and entire structure.

The effects of water in your basement is far from slow. Although damage can develop gradually, they can, however, take root just a few hours after the water enters your basement. If you extract water too late, you will see a lot of stained and damaged wood and concrete. You may even see some mold growth, which can occur within 48 hours.

While you can easily get rid of water from the ground floor of your house by simply leading them out te door and other exits, this is not possible for removing water from your basement. This is why basement water extraction requires special water extraction equipment and is usually done by professionals.

How to Effectively Extract Water from Your Basement

1. Remove all items in your basement. 

If you choose to extract water from your basement without paying for professional service, you first have to remove all the items in your basement. Any damaged items may be discarded, especially if they are made of paper or cardboard which offers thriving surfaces for mold to grow on. Carpets, rugs, and curtains have to be cleaned and disinfected. Furniture should be removed with care to minimize or prevent further damage to them.

2. Check your sump pump. 

The ideal water extraction method or the tool that will be most helpful depend on the amount of water that has to be extracted. If you have a sump pump installed, then this should be your main method of getting rid of the water unless the sump pump is clogged or it is actually the cause of the water problem.

If the sump pump is clogged, check if it is possible for you to unclog it. Once working, it can lead water out at a faster rate than other methods can. Unfortunately, unclogging your sump pump may also take a lot of work on its own since you will have to access and remove the pump to check for obstructions.

3. Use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner.

If you can’t get water out through your sump pump or if you want to speed up basement water extraction, try looking for a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. This is the number one equipment that can help with water extraction in confined areas such as basements; it can take water out by buckets much faster than you can manually. If you don’t have one, you can try renting. However, if the amount of water is limited, you can move straight to the fourth step.

4. Mop up excess water. 

After you have gotten rid of most of the water, you will be left with a thin film of water on your basement floor. A vacuum cleaner won’t do much good at this point. Thus, you can proceed to mopping up the remainder of the water. You may also use towels, rags, and sponges.

What Comes After Water Extraction

After extracting water from your basement, your work is far from done. If you availed of a professional water extraction service, your contractor will most likely offer to do more examinations of your basement to check for leftover moisture or analyze the humidity levels.

This will determine if any moisture still remains in the basement or in the air. They may also offer to do the basement restoration so they can dry your basement thoroughly and fix all problems that may cause a repeat performance of the incident.

They may also follow this up with mold mitigation services. If you extracted water on your own, you should let your basement dry completely, preferably with the use of a dehumidifier, to completely remove moisture and dampness.