If you’ve experienced a minor flood in your home or on your property, you
can follow this guide to get the water cleaned up safely and correctly.
However, keep in mind that even the smallest amount of moisture can damage
structures and lead to mold, mildew, and rotting. If there is more than
just a little water left behind from your sump pump failure, you should
consider calling a water damage specialist to ensure your property is
cleaned and repaired thoroughly by a certified professional.
Safety first — cut the power.Standing water is a hazard for
many reasons, but the biggest danger is that it can lead to
electrocution. Do not attempt to clean up the water until you have
shut the power off at the main electrical panel or had a professional
shut it off at the meter.
Cut off the water source.If there is still water flowing into
the area from a pipe or a leak, you will need to shut off the water at
the main valve.
Access water safety.Water that has flooded into a home or
building isn’t just an electrocution hazard; it can also carry with it
bacteria and toxins. Water coming from a sewage line requires a call
to a professional to handle the job. If it is from outdoor
groundwater, it could contain bacteria and toxins as well. If the
water is from a burst pipe or other leak on the property, it is likely
safe within the first 48 hours as long as the proper protective gear
Remove the water.After you have taken the initial safety
precautions, you may begin cleaning the area. Use a bucket to bail
water out of the area and the sump basin. If the flood is minor, you
may only need a mop or a wet/dry vac to clean the area.
Clean and decontaminate.After you have removed as much water as
possible, you’ll need to ensure the area is properly cleaned and
decontaminated. Contact a professional to handle the job if there are
any doubts about the area being thoroughly cleaned.
Dry out.Once the area is cleared of water and is cleaned, you
will want to open any windows and bring in equipment — such as a
dehumidifier — to thoroughly dry the area out. This is one of the most
important steps as any moisture left behind can lead to the growth of
mold and mildew and can even damage the structure of the building.
Check the sump pump.After the water’s cleaned up, take a look
at the sump pump to determine the cause of the failure. If a simple
clog is the problem, you can likely remedy the issue yourself.
However, if you cannot properly assess the cause of failure, you
should call to have the pump repaired.