Homeowners go to considerable lengths to protect and preserve their properties. Despite our best efforts, certain unforeseen circumstances may result in extensive damage. The failure of a sump pump is an example of a seemingly minor event that can result in serious consequences. Let's examine a recent case handled by Emergency Restoration to illustrate the impact of such a failure and how homeowners can prevent them.
It all began recently with a power interruption. A discovery was made by the owners of a home with an nice finished basement. During the power outage, their sump pump failed, resulting in a rapidly flooding basement. Once they became aware of the damage, it was already significant.
Our team arrived on the scene promptly. The initial step involved extracting water from the carpet. As we dug deeper into the assessment, it became clear that the water had soaked the cushioning below, requiring its removal. In order to prevent mold growth and additional water damage, we also removed the affected baseboards and drilled openings to promote drying.
With the installation of professional grade equipment, we started the crucial drying process. To prevent mold or bacterial growth, we sprayed an antimicrobial solution over the entire area.
A failed sump pump may appear to be a minor inconvenience at first glance. In actuality, the consequences can be multifaceted:
Returning to our real life case, a close examination of the drywall following the drying process revealed significant damage. Replacement became the only viable alternative for restoring the finished basement to its original condition. It demonstrates the cascading effects a failed sump pump can have. What began as a minor equipment malfunction resulted in extensive restoration requirements.
Emergency Restoration's team is always prepared to assist with recovery, but we also advocate for preventative measures. Here's how to prevent failures of your sump pump:
Sump pump failures, though seemingly minor, can trigger a series of unfortunate events, as illustrated by our recent job. The damage can be extensive, endangering both the structural integrity of a dwelling and the inhabitants' health. By understanding the risks and taking precautions, homeowners can avoid the costly and stressful consequences of such failures. Emergency Restoration is not only committed to providing superior restoration services, but also to educating the community on the best ways to preserve their homes.