Water damage is arguably one of the worst experiences that homeowners can face today. It is both physically and emotionally draining as it causes damage to the structure of the home, as well as belongings stored in the basement. Regardless of the reason behind the water flooding your basement, water damage has the potential to negatively impact your furniture, walls, ceilings, foundation, belongings and the roof of your home.
If your home is subjected to flooding, your first concern should be pumping out the excess water out as quickly as you can. Don’t rush into getting started on that DIY technique you found on Google before talking to a professional or doing your research.
It’s crucial to ensure that you take the proper steps to remove excess water from your basement if you want to achieve effective results. After removing all water from your home, you should consider investing in services for waterproofing in Toronto to avoid a similar predicament in the future.
Tackle the root cause of the water source
Water doesn’t magically appear in your basement. There is a good reason why your basement is flooded with water and after draining the excess, your first concern should be identifying its source. There could be varied points of entry, including cracks in the wall, the seams between the floor and walls, or the windows. Once you have found the point of entry, be sure to patch it to stop water from leaking into the basement. Flooding in the interior of the house can be attributed to factors like heavy snow storms and rains. Dirty rain gutters can also cause flooding in basements. Whichever the cause for your predicament, you need to fix it to keep your home safe.
Performing the cleanup
In addition to damaging your belongings and furniture, water can damage electrical cables and appliances. It’s therefore important to turn off electricity and gas supply to the affected area before attempting cleanup. Moreover, be sure to wear protective clothing like goggles, waterproof boots and gloves. These will protect you from bacteria, hot water or dirty water. For optimum ventilation, open all the windows and bring in a fan.
A submersible pump will come in handy when removing a large volume of water from the basement. This pump comes with a sealed electrical cord and a fitting that connects to a sump or garden hose with a larger diameter. The pump also features a waterproof shell casing. You will also need a generator to run the pump. A wet/dry vacuum may be all the equipment you require if the flood is less than an inch deep.
Excess water tends to put a lot of pressure on the soil surrounding the foundation and the water flooding the basement may be helping to balance the pressure outside. It’s therefore important not pumping the water out too quickly as that may worsen the situation. Allow time for the water outside to recede before pumping out the water inside your home.
Once the excess water is pumped out, clean the mess. Remove the damaged drywall; repair the wooden floors, and whatever else needs to be done to achieve a clean and dry basement.
Work with a professional to employ preventive measures
While doing all the above will help you restore your basement to its original condition, it won’t protect against future predicaments. To protect your house from flooding in the future, consult and work with a professional to see how you can waterproof your home.