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CLEANING BASEMENTS AFTER A FLOOD
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|Basements flooded with surface water, seepage through walls, or backflow from sewer lines often suffer little or no structural damage from the water, because the water inside braces the walls against the pressure of outside water and waterlogged soil.
HOW AND WHEN TO PUMP THE WATER OUT?
Use the following instructions for draining the water:
Do not drain water inside the basement until most of the water on the outside of the walls has gone down. This will prevent the walls from being pushed in or the floors from heaving.
If you have a large amount of water in your basement or if there is no basement drain, you may need to buy or rent a sump pump to get rid of the water.
If your electrical panel is located in an area of your home that has been flooded, you will be unable to use an electric sump pump unless you use a pump driven a 12-volt auto battery. A gasoline engine pump may be used if exhaust can be vented to the outside.
Start pumping water out of your basement if the water inside is higher than the flood water level outside. You may need to measure to determine this.
Stop pumping when the two water levels become equal. Pump the basement water out at the same rate at which the flood waters recede.
HOW SHOULD YOU CLEAN YOUR BASEMENT?
Shovel mud from the basement as soon as all water has drained or has been pumped out to allow floors and walls to dry.
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