A sump pump has one job – to keep the water away from your home and out of your basement. There are instances when a sump pump decides to break down, or a storm knocks out the electricity… and your sump pump is now not an option to keep the water out of your home.
When the water starts to back up, you need a fix to the overflow, and you need one fast! Standing water in your home is a breeding ground for mold and mildew which can lead to many different health and structural problems, not to mention the overall damage the water can do itself!
McMahon Services have specialized emergency teams ready to help with your water damage 24 hours a day, and while you wait for our truck to arrive, here are a few things you can do to get the water out of your basement as quickly as possible.
Steps to Remove Standing Water
A mop is a great place to start. Using a standard hand mop, start draining small amounts of water into buckets that you can dump outside, away from your home. If the water is particularly deep, you can dip the bucket into the water, and use the mop for the remaining water. Make sure that when disposing of the water, you do so at least 20 feet away from your home so it doesn’t return!
A hand pump is an option that does not require any electricity, but can be used for larger jobs. The hand pump will plug directly into the sump pump hold, and a garden hose is threaded to the end, ready to send the water out of your basement and into your yard.
Use a wet/dry vac. If your sump pump has simply stopped working but you still have electricity – a wet/dry vac is a great tool! Suck up the standing water, and start working your way towards the sump pit.
A generator is a wonderful backup for a situation exactly like this – no sump pump and no electricity. A portable generator can power your sump pump if the electricity is out, but the pump is still working, or it can power an electric pump or wet vac if the pump is broken and there is no power! Just be sure that it is always charged, gassed up, and ready to go in case of an emergency.
For a large emergency job, a trash-water pump can be utilized. These are gas powered pumps that will remove gallons of water incredibly quickly! There are specialized hoses that are needed for this type of pump, which may be difficult for the average DIYer to find.
Call the McMahon Services Emergency Team
If you find yourself in a situation with a flooded basement and water damage to your home, don’t panic. The experts at McMahon Services are here to help. Our water damage restoration services include emergency water removal, inspection of the area and an evaluation of any loss or damage, set up of dryers and dehumidifiers, repairs, rebuilds, etc.
In short – at McMahon we do it all for you so you can concentrate on continuing your life as normal. Call us today or visit our website for more information on all of our restoration services.