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Pumping Out Floodwater From Your Home

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Has external flooding resulted in a basement flood? While it is natural to want to remove the water as soon as it accumulates, it is crucial to keep in mind that as long as external flood levels are high, no amount of pumping will eliminate your flooded area. Contact a water mitigation expert for some tips on how to cope with the continuous flooding, and get prepared for how to deal with the aftermath, especially if your insurance coverage is not adequate. There are two things you will need to know about water removal.

2 Things You Need To Know About Water Removal

1. Purchasing or Renting Equipment

You will want to buy a pump for when the flooding recedes outside. However, depending on the depth of the basement flood, you may need to purchase or rent a submersible pump. These pumps have sealed electrical cords and can often connect to regular garden hoses. Keep in mind that the larger the hose, the quicker water is removed. You may also need a generator to run the pump since it is not advisable to use your home's electricity because of the safety risks.

2. Setup and Water Removal

The first thing you will want to do is attach the extension cord to the unit. Make sure to secure the cable above the unit somewhere dry. Most homeowners choose to secure the extension to a ceiling joist or stair rail. Next, you will need to attach the hoses to the unit. Finally, you will want to tie a rope to the unit to allow you to lower it at different depths throughout the removal process.
With everything connected, lower the unit into the water. If the water is only a few inches deep, then you can find the lowest point and place the unit there. However, if the water is a few feet, you may want to start at the highest position. Once in place, plug the unit into the generator to start the pump.

While removing water from your basement flood is easy, the damage may be hard to manage. Contact a local remediation company for help.

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