Basement Flooding: Clean Up and Prevention

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

PARMA, Ohio -- "H Jack Plumbing & Heating” has 27 trucks out and about, running 24 hours a day.  They’re busy fixing broken pipes and flooded basements, and it’s been that way for the past week.

Joe Wesley called them on Thursday because of a serious problem.  He had a sewage pipe in his front yard break two days ago because of all of the rain. 

“I’ve lived here 65 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Wesley.  This is more than a headache, it’s a financial headache!” 

Joe is 89 years old and lives on a fixed income.  The bill to bring out a backhoe and dig up his front yard and fix the broken pipe, plus the clean-up, will run into the thousands.   Wesley doesn’t have insurance for water back-up.

To help prevent this type of situation, you can get a drain inspection for a couple hundred dollars. 

“We can send the cameras down and see if you have any root growth through your pipes, or separation.  You can also get your sump-pump checked and your crock cleaned once a year.  That’s always a good idea,” says Scot Bevis of H Jack Plumbing. “It’s not good to run your furnace with water in the basement because that’s sending dirty water through your vents into your entire house.  Turn off your gas, too!”

Also keep in mind the mold problems that follow.  Mold starts to set in after the first 24 hours.

The best bet for clean up is to get rid of all the water, then set up your dehumidifier.  Once dry, scrub everything you can with a water and bleach mixture, then dehumidify again.

*Click here for more coverage of Sandy ...