Imagine this. You wake up in the morning and realize that the water is not getting hot for some reason. You go down in the basement to check the water heater. And….Crap! This is what you find in the basement. Water everywhere! (Storming for 2 or more days in our area) You know it’s not a good sign if your empty clothes basket floats by you. (insert laughter) On top of that, your husband’s out of town. So yeah….you’ll be doing this yourself. Not that I can’t do this, I don’t want to do this. No, I can’t call someone to fix this problem because I can’t afford that. So, it’s time to roll up my sleeve, or shall I say “Roll up my pants” and get to the bottom of this problem. One question. Why does the water have to look brown? How did I fix this?
We have a wet/vac machine but that would take entirely too long.
Items Needed: (This is one time where I don’t mind splurging a little.)
- Utility Pump……Home Depot $83.28
- Garden Hose Adapter…………..$ 3.93
- Galv Bushing……………………….$ 3.17
- Garden Gose
- Rain Boots (optional)
Locate the deepest level of the water in the basement. I used a ruler to measure. Place the utility pump in the water.
Using a garden hose from the outside, attach to utility pump. Plug in the utility pump.
The water will pump out into the yard.
We had a couple of running mats in the basement. I used the wet vac to pull the water out of them. When I had done most of the mats, I realized that I would have to throw them away.
After I cleared a lot of the water out. I located the sump pump in the basement. This is the culprit of the flooding. The sump pump we have was not strong enough to pump out all the water from the storm. Will need to replace the pump on the inside of it.
One thing that I had not anticipated was that the hot water heater would not work any more. Will have to have it replaced. It got wet on the inside. My girls are learning the fine art of heating water on the stove to take a bath. When I told them that the hot water heater was not working and that we didn’t have hot water, you should have seen them. “How are we going to bath?” Duh! What was my response? “You’re going to bathe like we did when I was a little girl. You’re going to heat the water on top of the stove. (They really need survival skills.)
After a couple of days, I finally got half of the basement cleaned out. Threw a lot of stuff away. I am so happy that we did not have a finished basement. If we had, that would definitely have been a horrible thing. The floor was much easier to clean and mop since it was still concrete. One lesson to learn: Make sure everything is in plastic bins when storing in the basement.
Wow! Almost done. Just gotta finished the side with the washer/dryer and clean up under the staircase area. This basements looks like I just moved into the house. Plus, it smells so good! The hubby mopped it when he got home and moved everything to the corner.
These are the additional parts that I bought to go with the utility pump.
You will need the garden hose adapter.
You will also need the Galv Bushing. My packages are empty because the nice gentlemen in Home Depot attached everything for me. Don’t you just love when you go in Home Depot and the people are so helpful. Well, another crisis solved….