Water in your basement is a big problem. When your basement floods, you have to deal with it immediately so that the water does not damage cause damage. There are many ways how to deal with this problem, but if you do not have a sump pump you will have to find another way to get the water out of the basement without a pump.
In this guide we will teach you everything you need to know about removing water from your basement without a sump pump.
Removing Water Without A Pump
There are various ways how to remove water from your flooded basement. While a sump pump is the most effective way how to remove water from a flooded basement, they can be expensive to purchase if you don’t already own one! Some ways how to get water out of your basement without a pump are more effective than others.
Turn Off The Water
The first step is to turn off the water and stop the leak. The less water you have in your basement, the better. As a rule of thumb, less water flowing into the basement means less cleaning up later.
Tilt The Furniture Up On Its Side
Then tilt your furniture on its side so that the water flows out of the piece. A fan or heater will help speed up how quickly the water evaporates. Make sure the draining water is not flowing back into the basement.
Lay A Tarp And Remove Furniture
Next, lay a tarp and remove all the furniture from the room. This will make it easier to remove the water and for you to see how far the water has spread. Flood water can destroy wood floors and support beams, so it is easier to clean up if they are already removed.
Remove Door Trim And Baseboard
Remove the door trim as well as the baseboard from around the room. Flood water can seep into the bottom of the walls and eventually cause mold to grow. Removing the trim and baseboard will allow you to dry out this area and prevent mold growth.
Use A Wet Vac
One of the most effective ways to remove small amounts of water is with a Wet Vac. These are made specifically for water removal and can be purchased at many hardware stores. These vacuums will remove the water without causing too much damage to your home. The only downside is it won’t work on large floods.
If you do not have a wet vac, you can use a regular shop-vac or any other type of vacuum that absorb water without damaging the interior.
Our Top Pick – Stanley SL18116P
Our favorite Wet Vac is the Stanley SL18116P. This Wet Vac is perfect for removing flood water from your basement because it has a large capacity (22 liters) and a 6 ft cleaning cord so cleaning up water while staying dry is easy.
Put Down Drywall Mud
Finally, to dry out your basement and make sure that no water returns you can lay down a thick layer of drywall mud. This will help draw any remaining moisture from the concrete floor or walls and prevent future problems for the basement.
Use Towels and Buckets
An effective DIY method is to use towels and buckets to remove the water. This method can be effective if you have a small amount of water, but it will take a long time, a lot of effort plus towels and buckets.
This method is also not effective at removing all the water. If floodwater has risen over an inch, this method can become ineffective and it won’t be able to remove all the water from carpet.
If you choose this method, make sure to remove as much water as possible. Then place fans and heaters in the room to speed up how quickly it dries.
Rent A Generator
If you have a sump pump but no electricity you can always rent a sump pump generator. These types generators can be rented at many hardware stores for little cost because you just have to return it once the flooding situation ends – just make sure to keep the generator dry.
This method is effective but not always an option in emergencies because generators can cost a lot of money to purchase or may not be available for rental during a storm. If you cannot afford a generator in the short term, this method is not an option for you.
Use A Mop
Another effective but time consuming method is to remove the water using a mop. This method works best in small spaces where there is little water to mop up after the flood.
Moping requires patience and time because it only removes a small amount of water at once. It is not effective on large floods of water and won’t be able to dry out carpet. You will have to mop up the water several times and then use other methods such as fans and heaters until the water is fully gone.
Use A Hand Pump
A hand pump is an effective way to remove water from basements without electricity. They are made specifically for this type of situation so they will not damage your home or belongings. All you have to do is attach the pump to a hose and place it at the lowest spot of your basement so that all water flows towards it.
Hand pumps can be powered by physical action or with water power if they can connect to he main city line.
Use Fans And Heaters
Next, place vent fans around the room to speed up how quickly the water evaporates. Set them up so that they are blowing out of the window or towards an open door. This will allow the water to escape and dry faster than it would otherwise and help prevent mold.
You can also set up space heaters to help the room dry out quickly. Place them near carpet or furniture that is likely to get wet and make sure they are kept away from anything flammable like towels or curtains.