Basement / Crawl Space Flooded? Now What?

When You notice a strange odor that leads you straight to the basement or garage… What turns out? It is full of water and other gunk. Or it has just rained extremely hard and you are struggling with a flooded cellar… What do you do? As an experienced company we will tell you what the causes can be of a flooded basement and how to best tackle the problem. 

Flooded Basement Causes

A flooded basement, what could that be? If, for example, it rains extremely hard outside and the sewers cannot handle all that water, your basement will unfortunately flood. Other possible causes of a flooded basement in DC are a blocked pipe, or a break or leak in the pipe. In any case, it is never fun to be left with a flooded cellar. It is of course best to try to prevent this problem, but luckily you can (usually) solve such problems. 

What Do You Do At A Flooded Basement?

You have water in the basement, and maybe some mud or other filth. How do you best solve such a flooded basement? First, determine the cause of the flooding. Is it due to heavy rainfall? However, if your flooded basement in DC was not caused by rain, it is most likely due to the pipes underneath. A camera inspection will advise you to detect a break in the water supply or a leaking sewerage. To get the water out of the basement, a specialized company will pump out your basement, remove the sludge and mud and clean the area. You can also have the room disinfected, if necessary. And that is how you tackle a flooded basement! 

A Flooded Basement / Crawl Space

 A common appearance after a heavy rain shower is spaces underground that are flooded with water. Handyman regularly receive questions from people who are looking for a solution to empty his / her basement. Every situation is different, so they cannot give unambiguous advice. For example, should the space be pumped out or pumped dry? Are there fixed parts available? If so, how big are these? Enough variables to consider. 

Draining or pumping dry?

 Regular submersible pumps can empty a space. This means that a certain amount (> 10-20 mm) of water remains. A flat suction dredger (or mop pump) can practically pump a room dry. This means that about 2 mm of water remains. 

Fixed parts

 In many cases the water is polluted with sand, which is also seen as a “fixed part”. Each submersible pump can process a minimum of solids up to 2 mm, which is enough for water that is less contaminated with sand. However, there are also cases where larger solid parts are involved, such as road litter and leaves. For these cases, a certain type of submersible pump is clearly required, namely a dirty water submersible pump. 

Automatic system

The submersible pumps that handyman have in their range are all equipped with a float. A float ensures that a pump can switch on and off automatically when it is submerged. For example, if the room is regularly under water or you have made a collection container, switching on the float is a good way out. This allows you to ensure that the water is automatically discharged to the correct destination.

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