Do you need your basements pumped out? If so, how do you pump it out and then clean up after? In this week’s blog, we’ve got some helpful tips for this process. In the meantime, feel free to call upon our professional services for any extra help you may need. Keep calm and read on to learn more!
Here is How You Get Basements Pumped Out
First, Some Tools:
- Water pump or electrical generator, both gas-powered;
- Powerful flashlight
- Waterproof boots or hip waders
- Dust mask
- Pry bar and assorted basic hand tools, such as hammer, screwdriver, and pipe wrench
Next, Check Exteriors: The next step is to check on the exteriors of your home. You’ll want to be sure there is no structural damage. Moreover, you want to be sure there are also no gas leaks or other hazards present, such as fallen power lines or standing water.
Then, Turn Off Electricity: Speaking of fallen power lines, shut off the electricity. Water is highly conducive, and you don’t want to risk your safety or anyone working with you, especially if you are not being assisted by a professional contractor. After all, even if the local power company removed service, they might have activated it without further warning. You should also take care to turn off any gas or fuel valves you may have around your home.
Ventilate the Home: The next step is to properly ventilate the home. Getting fresh air into the home will be a definite boost. Ventilation will also eliminate fumes and start reducing moisture levels inside as well.
Pump Basement Out: Finally, begin to pump the basement out. Start by carefully and slowly removing the water. Resist the temptation to go quickly. If you go slowly, you can reduce the chances of built-up water pressure causing further damage to the basement and its walls. Make sure that there are no hazards (electricity and gas leaks) present, and also ensure you are not alone. Make sure when you use the pumping equipment run by gasoline or an emergency generator, to operate them outside. Exhaust fumes can create carbon monoxide!
Remove only some of the flood water, roughly two to three feet of it. Wait overnight and check for any rising levels. If it has not gone back up, you can continue pumping it out. The process should take several days to maximize safety.
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