How Do You Dry Out a Wet Basement?
There are few things worse than coming home to a flooded basement. Seeing your precious possessions and family heirlooms floating in a foot of water is not an easy sight to wash from your mind. And even if it’s not a full-on flood, a small amount of water from a leaking hot water heater or washing machine can still wreak havoc on rugs, linens, cardboard boxes and anything else you stored in your basement thinking it would be safe. Depending on the amount of water, you may either need to pump it out or simply mop it up, but once that’s done, you’re left wondering: How can I dry out this wet basement?
To dry out a wet basement, the first thing you should do is create some sort of ventilation. Open all the windows and doors if your basement has them to get air flowing throughout the space. Run some portable fans to get the air moving. If your furnace has an air circulation option, it can be extremely helpful to turn this on. Otherwise, running a portable space heater or a dehumidifier can help dry out the air more quickly. You’ll also want to air out any wet items such as boxes, books, linens, etc., elsewhere. Placing them outside in the sun can help them dry.
Once you’ve pinpointed the root cause of your wet basement — be it a broken pipe or groundwater entering through cracks in your foundation wall — it’s important to take the proper steps to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. If you live in an area where basement flooding is common, a sump pump system is practically a must-have. If flooding is not common in your area, but you still experience a wet basement every time it rains, there’s a chance that groundwater may be entering your basement through fissures in your foundation. Consulting a foundation repair company is the best way to get to the bottom of the issue.
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Since 2007, Engineered Solutions of Georgia has provided professional basement waterproofing and foundation repair services to homeowners in Decatur and surrounding areas. Not only are we committed to addressing our customers’ pain points, but we also take pride in devising and implementing creative, cost-effective solutions that are designed to last.
To learn more about the services we offer, and how we can help you keep your basement dry, contact Engineered Solutions of Georgia today for a free consultation. When you call, don’t forget to ask about the flexible financing options we offer to homeowners who qualify.