How Do You Remove Moisture From A Flooded Basement?

How Do You Remove Moisture From A Flooded Basement

April showers bring May flowers – but when you own a home, the rainy season also brings flash floods, thunderstorms, hurricanes, and other severe weather conditions that can result in severe water damage to your home!

I speak from experience. I once lived in a house that turned out to be more of a nightmare than a dream home!

When I was in my early 20s, I purchased my first home: a cozy, 1930s bungalow. I moved into that home during the heat of an unseasonably dry summer, so it wasn’t until the torrential rainstorms of spring arrived that I discovered my bungalow had horrific drainage problems! Every time it rained, the drainage pipes in my neighborhood clogged, causing my yard to turn into swampland and my basement to flood.

The flooding was so bad that the previous owners built a French drain into the basement floor. Envision a two-foot trench filled with gravel around the perimeter of your basement! A French drain allows water to quickly seep back into the ground, down through the stones, to prevent damage to your foundation. Although it is effective under normal conditions, it will definitely not land you any home décor awards!

French Drain

They also installed a sump pump to help remove water once it reached a certain level. During the rainy seasons, that sump pump worked around the clock trying to keep things dry!

When you live in a home with that much moisture, you have a breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can cause all sorts of health problems for you and your family. Needless to say, it’s essential that you resolve these issues as quickly as possible!

One of the best things you can do to remove excess moisture from your flooded basement on an ongoing basis is to purchase a commercial dehumidifier. A commercial dehumidifier is more durable than a residential unit and often has a higher capacity for water removal than its counterpart – two features that are really important in any environment, but especially in your home!

Commercial Dehumidifier

For instance, the average dehumidifier removes between 20 pints and 70 pints of moisture a day – but a high-capacity commercial dehumidifier like the BD-76P Blue can remove up to 150 pints of water a day!

At the time of my water woes, I didn’t know that companies like AER Industries existed – companies that provide all of the equipment you need to help your family and business restore water-damaged environments to safe and dry conditions.

I hope that you live in a healthy home and never have to deal with the nightmare of ongoing flooding, water damage, or issues like mold and mildew in your home. But – if you do – I hope that you find today’s tips for dealing with these issues helpful!

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Have you ever lived in a home that flooded on a regular basis, or had to deal with water damage to your home? How did you handle the problem? Please share your thoughts, tips and stories in the comments!

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  1. Sarah Fuller says:

    Great tip. Did not know about industrial dehumidifiers. Seems like they make tremendous difference.

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