Here are some steps to take if you encounter a base­ment water problem.

1. Have stand­ing water pumped out as soon as possible.

If your base­ment is only par­tial­ly flood­ed, you can suck up stand­ing water using a wet-dry vac­u­um. Oth­er­wise, you’ll need to call in a pro­fes­sion­al to pump the water out. After pump­ing the base­ment, it may be nec­es­sary to run a dehu­mid­i­fi­er to help dry out the area.

2. Remove mate­ri­als and items that might attract mold.

If your base­ment has flood­ed, some mate­ri­als and items can be dried out and saved, while oth­ers are best dis­card­ed. Organ­ic mate­ri­als like paper, fab­ric, wood, and leather will attract base­ment mold if they remain wet for more than a day or two. Dry out and save what you can; dis­card the rest if possible.

3. Take steps to con­trol water out­side the house.

Are your gut­ters and down­spouts work­ing effec­tive­ly to direct roof runoff away from the house foun­da­tion? If not, cor­rect prob­lems with clogged or over­flow­ing gut­ters, and install down­spout exten­sions as nec­es­sary to pro­tect the foun­da­tion from exces­sive hydro­sta­t­ic pressure.

4. Pro­tect your base­ment from plumb­ing leaks.

Make sure to replace an old tank-type water heater before the inte­ri­or rusts out and caus­es a major base­ment flood. Rub­ber sup­ply hoses for your wash­ing machine should also be replaced if they show signs of crack­ing. Check water sup­ply and drain lines for leaks, and pro­tect water lines from freez­ing and bursting.

5. Install a war­rant­ed perime­ter drain and sump pump system.

The most effec­tive way to pro­tect your base­ment from water that leaks in from out­side the foun­da­tion is to install an inte­ri­or drain and sump pump sys­tem. The water is piped to a sump pump that auto­mat­i­cal­ly dis­charges the water out­side your house.

6. Replace leaky base­ment win­dows and win­dow wells.

Dur­ing wet weath­er, old win­dow wells can fill with water, which then leaks into the base­ment through gaps and cracks in old base­ment win­dows. This prob­lem can be elim­i­nat­ed, by installing new base­ment win­dows along with a new win­dow well with a match­ing well cov­er. These upgrades will do more than pre­vent water leaks; they’ll also make your base­ment more attrac­tive and more energy-efficient.

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