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By: Jason Lom
As upsetting as it is to get home from work one day and find that your house has had a spat of basement flooding while you were gone, getting the water out isn't actually the hard part. Neither is the basement sealing operation. Whether you do it yourself or employ a basement waterproofing contractor, the costly and time-consuming part of dealing with water-in-basement syndrome is the actual recovery operation.

Such an operation usually happens in six steps:

Removing everything from the basement Sorting the recoverable items from the trash Performing any necessary basement wall repair Deciding how to put everything back (a good time for some basement remodeling?) Finding a basement sealing team to get your cellar waterproofed again. Once the basement waterproofing experts have declared that your basement is livable again, you can go about putting everything back.

Removing Everything

The only really notable thing about this step is that you really do have to remove everything. Not just your personal items, furniture, and decorations, but the paneling on the walls, the carpeting on the floors, and -- if you can -- even the heat pump, water heater, and so forth.


This can be harder than you think once everything's been soaked in water. In basement recovery, the operative rule is this: if it might have traces of mold inside it, it must go. Even if it smells clean and looks ok; if it can hold moisture inside it (like a sofa), it presents a health hazard and needs to be replaced.

Wall Repair

Some companies consider this part of basement waterproofing; others don't. Regardless, until any cracks and other leaks in your external basement walls have been fixed, it's pointless to try to do anything to fix the moisture problem in your basement.

Basement Remodeling?

The key to this step is remembering that you're just planning. You don't want to actually put anything back until the basement has been waterproofed by the professionals.

Finding A Basement Waterproofing Team

This is largely a matter of getting a decent referral from a friend or family member, and being thorough about asking for certification, proof of insurance and bonding, and checking online for any horror stories people might have had with these folks in the past. If you can't find any, you should be good.

Putting It All Back

You should know -- because you planned ahead earlier -- what's going back. Before you put it into it's new space in your cellar, check it for potential mold problems one more time. If it shows the slightest sign of a mold spot that you can't wipe up, ditch it and get a new one. It's not worth your health.

Recovering from basement flooding is one of the most annoying things that the typical homeowner will have to do in his lifetime. But if you keep the steps in mind and you stick to the plan, you should find that it doesn't take as long as it seems like it will. If you can find a professional basement waterproofing company to work with on top of that, you can avoid most of the aggravation altogether. Good luck!


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