This is a basement in a home in Maplewood, NJ post-storm. As you can see in the photo there are about 5 inches of water, which means the wet sheet rock will need to be ripped out to avoid mold. If this organ could still play a song, I think it would be endless rounds of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”. It’s a good idea to make sure your sump pump is working before a big rainfall or storm. During heavy rains, it is also a good idea to check on the basement every couple of hours because when the ground is saturated from melted snow the water can come up from the ground as well.

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Steps to take in case of a sump pump overflow or flood.

Shut off any power around the area, including electricity and gas. Do not enter a flooded area while the power is on. If you aren’t sure how to shut these areas off, call a qualified electrician before entering the room.

  • Wear boots and gloves for protection and a protective mask. Hip waders are to be also useful.
  • Determine the source of the water. If a burst pipe is the cause of the flood, shut off water to the basement.
  • If your basement has a floor drain, check to make sure it didn’t become clogged during the flood.

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