What to Do if Your House Gets Ground Water in the Basement?

Groundwater leaking into a basement can lead to countless dilemmas, including damage to carpet and furniture due to the development of mold and mildew.

Unplug Electrical Devices

Water seeps through cracks in concrete walls or through unsealed windows and doors. Locate the source of the water leakage, and stop the flow. Remove furnishings and the liquid before it can damage flooring and walls inside the basement. After drying the basement, fix the problem of the leakage.

Turn off the electricity to the basement at the circuit breaker. Electricity and water do not mix, so turning off the main switch is imperative. Unplug and remove any electrical devices such as lamps, televisions and radios.

Remove Furnishings

Water can saturate and destroy cloth or wood furniture, so remove them as soon as possible. You need to remove all furnishings on the floor or those that the water can reach.

Remove the Water

The water needs to be removed as quickly as possible to keep it from destroying any carpet on the floor and reducing the chances of mold formation. Start removing water with a sump pump or a wet/dry vacuum.

Dry the Basement

After removing all the water you can with the sump pump and wet/dry vacuum, you need to remove the rest of the moisture. Running a dehumidifier and placing fans around the basement dries the air, removing water particles. The dehumidifier may need to run continuously for several days to adequately remove all moisture.

Stop the Water

Find out how the water has entered the basement, and correct the problem. Repair cracks in concrete, slope dirt away from the foundation, and place extensions on downspouts to keep water from pooling by basement walls.

About the Author

Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.