Help! I Found Water in My Basement! What Should I Do Next?

We know how stressful it is to find water in your basement. Take a deep breath and complete the following steps.

Turn off the electricity.

Water and electricity don’t mix. If your circuit panel is in the basement, call the power company and have them turn off your electricity. Then, navigate with sunlight or battery-operated flashlights or flood lamps.

Rent a gasoline-powered water pump.

Of course, you can hire a company to help you rid your basement of water. But if you prefer to complete the process yourself, consider renting a gasoline-powered water pump with intake and outflow hoses. Gas-powered water pumps are set up outside and are easy to use.

Remove the wet and waterlogged items.

Unfortunately, you may have to throw away some of your waterlogged items if they are damaged beyond restoration. This may include your furniture and carpet or other flooring.

Use a wet-dry vacuum to pull up the remaining water.

When it is safe to turn on your electricity, rent, borrow, or purchase a wet-dry vacuum to clean up any remaining puddles.

Increase airflow.

Open the windows and use industrial fans to increase airflow to your space.

Use a dehumidifier.

Dehumidifiers help get moist air out of a space. You may have to run a hose from the dehumidifier to a basement drain or be prepared to empty the water collection container regularly.

Sterilize and deodorize the space.

Use chemicals and materials that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. However, be careful! Read the warning labels and understand what personal protection equipment is required to use the product.

Schedule a consultation with JLB Foundation Repair and Basement Waterproofing.

Please note – if you aren’t sure how the water got into your basement, call JLB Foundation Repair first. We will help you figure out the source of your flooding.

Once we have determined the source of the water, we will fix any damage caused by the flooding and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Here are the services we provide:

Home Drainage Solutions: Proper home drainage will preserve the life of your foundation, sidewalks, and driveway. It’s essential to work with a local company when designing your home drainage solutions. You’ll need to work with people who understand how to work with dense clay soil that is common in the Midwest.

Sump Pumps: Keep your basement from flooding again by installing a sump pump. JLB Foundation Repair can help you complete this task – and we will make sure the sump pump is draining away from your home’s foundation.

Waterproofing Systems: One benefit of working with a company that specializes in waterproofing is that we can offer solutions suitable to your unique situation, whether that includes vapor barriers, drain wells, or regrading your yard.

JLB Foundation Repair and Basement Waterproofing Can Help!

We know how stressful it is to have a wet basement. Don’t ignore the problem; give JLB Foundation Repair a call. We will find an affordable solution for you.