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No homeowner ever wants to face a flooded basement since it can cause a lot of disasters, however, when it happens and you do not have a backwater valve installation Ottawa to prevent it, it is imperative to act in a safe and responsible manner. The best way to restore your basement to a completely dry, clean, and safe condition will ultimately depend on how you act and what decisions you make. For example, are you going to opt for basement waterproofing Ottawa?  Here is a quick guide to help you restore your basement to its original state after an accident or storm has caused water to come into your basement with Ottawa basement flooding.

How To Deal With A Leaky Basement

Priority No. 1: Safety First

A wet basement can be extremely dangerous as it poses some serious health and safety hazards. Attempting to fix an electrical issue in standing basement water can prove to be fatal. Therefore whenever you do decide to go into a flooded basement, make sure to wear all protective gear like rubber boots and try to stay dry. Avoid touching wet electrical devices or wires in a flooded basement, also avoid using a vacuum pump, unless it is plugged into a dry electrical outlet. While using a wet-dry vacuum pump in your flooded basement, make sure to follow all the manufacturer’s instructions.

Here are some necessary steps that you need to take to solve basement water problems:

Step #1 – Determine The Root Cause Of The Problem

Although it may not be your prime concern to find out what actually caused the water to come into your basement, however, you need to make sure to collect enough evidence to distinguish between a plumbing leakage and water coming into your basement from an outside source. In case it is a plumbing leak and the water flooding in your basement is due to a leaky heater, a bad boiler valve or a frozen pipe, you can call a plumber. If the flooding is due to the water leakage through the foundation or basement windows, you can call for basement waterproofing Ottawa.

Step #2 – Ensure That Standing Water Is Pumped Out Quickly

Whatever the source of basement flooding, you need to take immediate actions to pump out this standing water. If your basement is partially flooded, you can use a wet-dry vacuum to pump it out. However, if it is heavily flooded you need to call a professional to deal with the basement flooding issue. 

Step #3 – Keep The Basement Empty To Avoid Mold Development

Once your basement is free from flooded water, you can start the rescue operation. You may be able to save some items present in your basement by drying them completely, make sure to discard others which cannot be saved. Materials such as leather, fabrics, paper and other organic stuff get destroyed once wet if left in the basement for a day or two they can become home to mold and mildew. 

Step #4 – Take Necessary Steps To Control Water Outside Your Home

Inspect your gutter and downspouts periodically to find out whether they are in good working condition and keeping the water away from the house foundation. If you find out that your gutters and downspouts are clogged and in good working condition, make sure to install downspout extension and clear the blockages to protect the foundation from excessive hydrostatic pressure.

Step #5 – Ensure Your Basement Is Protected From Plumbing Leaks

Periodically inspect all the plumbing devices present in your basement to ensure there are no water leakages. Try replacing your old tank-type water heater with a newer version before the rusted body causes a major basement flood. Similarly, check all the drain lines and water lines present in your basement for any water leakages.

If you want help with your flooded basement or want to make sure that you are going to avoid the issue in the future, we highly recommend calling us at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services.

Give us a call today: 613 791 5777 for a free upfront estimate!