A flooded basement is enough to stress out any homeowner, even for a small flood. Some helpful basement flooding first tips are a great place to start if you come home to a flooded basement.

Basements are prone to moisture and flooding. They are either entirely or partially underground, and the combination of gravity, shoddy building practices, and the force of hydrostatic pressure can wreak havoc on your basement. Hydrostatic pressure is the force of groundwater against your basement walls. Hydrostatic pressure forces any groundwater near your home through any crack or gap in your basement walls. Of course, sometimes a basement flood comes from internal issues like an overflowing washing machine or toilet, or a clogged floor drain. No matter the cause a basement flood opens the door for harmful bacteria, mold growth, and structural damage to your house.

Basement flooding first tips can help you quickly evaluate the situation and make the best decision on the next step in the cleanup process.


If you come home to a flooded basement, try not to panic. Stop and evaluate the situation. Try to diagnose where the water came from and determine the best course of action.

  • Weather Event - you'll have to wait until the rain or storm stops before starting on extraction. There's no sense in removing water if more is sure to follow. When it's time to enter the basement, make sure any power or gas in the area is turned off and wear protective material like gloves and boots and use caution when moving around the room. flooded washing machine
    There's a chance of slipping or tripping and dangerous objections under the water. You need to diagnose the source of the water quickly. If it's not a locally heavy downpour, look to see if it's a burst pipe.
  • Burst Pipe - If it's winter, a pipe might have frozen and burst. If it is a pipe, quickly shut off the water to stop the flood.
  • Floor Drain - Floor drains need to be cleaned regularly. When it's possible to do so, remove the grate on the floor drain and use gloves to remove any clog. Then thoroughly clean the drain.
  • Water Extraction Process -You can use a sump pump or pool pump if available, a wet/dry vacuum, or a mop and bucket for smaller floods. If the flood is overwhelming, call in professionals to aid in water removal.


If you had possessions in the basement, they're probably soaked and contaminated. Here are some suggestions for what to do next.

  • Move Possessions - move affected materials outside of the basement in a well-ventilated area. A sunny part of the yard is perfect. Use a blanket and spread out the items. Give them about 48 hours to dry out, and if they're still wet after that, they might need to be discarded for health reasons.
  • Carpeting/Flooring - carpet should be adequately pulled up to dry, and other flooring might require a professional touch to restore them. Some flooring may need to be removed and discarded. Allow the basement to dry for several days. Open windows and doors and use dehumidifiers and fans to extract moisture. Wash down your floors and walls to rid them of grime and bacteria.
  • Call Homeowners Insurance - insurance can help with the cost of restoration after a flood. Call your local agent to check your policy for coverage.

The best basement flooding first tip is calling in a professional. Water restoration and basement waterproofing technicians can extract water, dry out the affect rooms, prevent mold and mildew from growing, and fix the reason for the flood.

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More info? For more information about unclogging floor drains, check out our other post: HOW DO YOU CLEAN A BASEMENT FLOOR DRAIN?

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