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How to Get Water Out of a Basement Without a Pump

Basement floods can cause severe damage to your home and are something you cannot ignore. They may even cause permanent structural damage if you don’t act upon them.

In many cases, a sump pump is perfectly capable of automatically removing water build-up in these instances. However, if your basement doesn’t have one or a lack of electricity prevents it from functioning, the risk of flooding will increase.

In this guide, we will be taking you through some of the best ways to remove water from your basement if your sump pump is no longer operational. There’s no need to panic, and if worst comes to worst, there are professionals who can help!

Removing Water From Basement Without a Sump Pump

A sump pump prevents your basement from flooding in the first place. However, in severe weather conditions, especially in the case of hurricanes, sometimes your electricity can cut out entirely. An outage will prevent your sump pump from operating effectively and make your basement susceptible to flooding.

Luckily, there are ways to remove water from your basement even if your sump pump isn’t functional. Listed below are some of our top tips, including options if you have no electricity.

Reach for a Trusty Mop and Bucket

Though this may seem like a rudimentary solution, especially if the flooding is severe, a mop and bucket can be surprisingly effective. All you need to do is remove bucketfuls of water and mop up the rest.

Blue And Red Mop Bucket

Dispose of this water outside your home and repeat the process as required. It’s best to empty the buckets at least twenty feet away from your home. Otherwise, there’s a risk of return!

Utilize a Hand or Crank Pump

Sometimes flooding can result in a loss of electricity, which may be why you can’t use a sump pump. In that case, a hand pump could be the ideal solution. The device requires no electricity, and all you need to do is hook it up to a hose pipe. The pump will swiftly direct the water out into your yard, all operated by your hand.

Similarly, you could use a crank pump. These work in a similar way to hand pumps in that they require no electricity and are manually operated. They are a simple and efficient way to quickly remove large amounts of water.

As we mentioned before, try to move the water sufficiently far away from your property to prevent it from returning.

Use a Wet/Dry Vacuum

If you still have access to electricity despite the flooding, a highly effective option can be to use a wet/dry vacuum. It essentially works identically to a regular vacuum, except it can suck up liquid.

All you need to do is run the device along the flooded area, and it will remove the water. Depending on the design of the vacuum, you may be able to simply empty the tank afterward into your backyard or somewhere similar outdoors.

Don’t Do it All At Once

It would be understandably tempting to fix a flooded basement as soon as possible without any hesitation. However, you’ll waste your energy if it is not immediately apparent whether or not the flooding has ceased.

Removing the water will be a fruitless effort if you have a continuous leak. Instead, remove some of the water and mark how high it once was on the wall. You can remove items from the room in the meantime to reduce the damage and check back later to see if the water has risen again or stayed level. If it has stayed level, you can continue the removal process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Get Standing Water Out of My Basement?

Any of our above methods are highly effective. However, if you feel overwhelmed by employing these tactics yourself, you can always call in the professionals. Sometimes a professional opinion is the safest option, especially if this isn’t familiar territory for you. Water damage is no joke, and the floodwater may simply return if you don’t remove it sufficiently!

How Can I Pump Water Without a Pump?

Remember, a sump pump isn’t the only kind of pump available to you. As we suggested above, you can use either a hand pump or crank pump, as we suggested above! Neither require electricity and are relatively easy to use. They will require more physical exertion, but they are highly efficient ways to remedy your flood before the damage can set in and lead to costly repairs.

How Serious Is a Basement Water Leak?

Very serious. Basement flooding is more than a mere inconvenience. At best, it can lead to an infestation of mold and mildew. At worst, it can compromise your walls, floors, and even ceiling if it reaches that level.

Basement floods also can be hazardous beyond structural damages. If the backed-up water has come from the sewer line, you can risk deadly diseases.

You should act quickly to remedy the problem, but an emergency water damage repair may be your best solution to avoid adverse health impacts.

Contact All Dry USA Today!

If your basement has flooded following a storm or severe weather event and you aren’t sure what to do, contact us for assistance. Our professionals have years of experience helping to restore homes following significant water damage. We will be more than happy to help if you have any questions or queries about our process, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Call All Dry USA today!

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