Water In the Basement: Causes and Solutions for Flooded Basements
A basement flood can cause irreparable damage to not only a home and the items within it, but the space that is left behind. Learn how to safely repair and restore a flooded basement with these tips.
By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
When you've got a flooded basement, don't panic. There are very specific steps you can take to remove the water and return the space to its pre-flood state.
Once the source of the flooding has stopped or the water source has been turned off, turn off all power sources by switching off the main breaker. Do this before entering, any time there's water in the basement.
Use a pump to remove the water. After the water has been drained, remove everything from the flooded basement and allow it to dry, or discard it. Rip up and throw away all carpet affected by the water.
All surfaces should be washed with an antibacterial cleaning solution. Positioning a large fan within the basement will also help the drying process. Once the area is cleaned, it is important to take the necessary steps to waterproof and seal the space from future flooding.
See also: Preventing Basement Moisture
Beachy Cottage Makes a Comeback
The Hillmans transform a 1950s rancher into a permanent family oasis with coastal character.
Budgeting for a Landscaping Project
Get tips for figuring out how much you can spend when upgrading your yard and other outdoor areas.
Surviving a Landscaping Remodel
Get tips for managing your expectations and minimizing stress while redoing your outdoor spaces.
Outdoor Entertaining Tips for Summer
Designer Chris Casson Madden shares tips for creating a sophisticated outdoor space perfect for summer entertaining.
7 Quick Tips for Organizing Bedrooms
Try these seven bedroom organizing tips that are sure to help you rest easy.
Outdoor Spaces at HGTV Dream Home 2015
Designed to take advantage of the Martha's Vineyard location, this landscape is a mix of evergreens and flowering plants.
Kitchen and Bath Features Worth the Investment
Remodeling? Narrow the options with our list.
Create an Outdoor Gardening Studio for Kids
Keep kids happily occupied during the hectic gardening season by creating a kid-friendly outdoor gardening studio.
Colorful Container Garden for Fall
Don't let patio planters fade away in the fall. There are lots of plants that will fill your patio with colorful foliage and plenty of flowers.
Creating a Wildlife Sanctuary
Cultivating a haven to attract feathered and not-so-feathered friends in your yard can be simple and fun.
Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest trends and expert advice delivered to your inbox.
We're serving up the latest news, gorgeous style, crafty DIY projects, clever entertaining tips and more. Consider these your design digests.