How to Get Rid of Water in My Basement


Water can collect in a basement due to many reasons: flooding, excessive rainfall, washing machine malfunction or leaking or broken pipes. Even the extent of water can vary, from a minor flood with tiny puddles all over the floor to a full-scale flood with several feet of water. No matter what the degree, immediate removal of water is necessary to prevent damaging the items in the basement, mold and mildew from developing and an unpleasant odor from arising. Make sure you turn off the electricity in the basement before entering to prevent accidents or chances of electrocution.

Things You'll Need

  • High boots
  • Gloves
  • Dry towels or mop
  • Plastic bucket
  • Sump pump or portable pump
  • Garden or drain hose

How to Get Rid of Water in My Basement

  • Assess the extent of the water in the basement. If your basement has tiny puddles of water, use a dry towel or a mop over them and drain excess water into a bucket. Keep doing this until all the water is soaked away and collected in the bucket. Open windows to allow fresh air to come inside, and turn the electricity back on so you can run a fan to dry up the floor.

  • Rent a sump pump if you do not own one for a major flooding with several feet of water in the basement, draining out 2 feet of water every 24 hours. Pumping more aggressively could weaken the outside soil, causing the basement to cave in. An alternative to a sump pump is to use two or more portable small pumps, but make sure you connect these to a large diameter drain hose or garden hose. Also remove the water as far away from your house as you can to prevent it from reentering the basement. Begin pumping either from the section of the basement that will sustain the most damage due to floodwater or from the highest point where the accumulated water is at the lowest level.

  • The amount of days it will take to remove all the floodwater from the basement will depend on its size and the amount of accumulated water. It could take anywhere from one day to several days since you will not be draining out more than 2 feet every 24 hours. Once all the water is removed, turn on the fans and open all the windows to dry out your basement. Prevent opening windows if it is raining outdoors, and work with fans only. You can also use a dehumidifier to dry the basement, but make sure all the doors and windows are shut before you turn it on.

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