How To Get Water out of Basement Without Pump or Electricity

Flooded Basement however you don’t have a Pump to Remove the Water or Perhaps the Electricity is out? Any way to Remove the Water from the basement without a Sump Pump?

In this guide you will learn:

  • What can be used to Remove Water from Basement if you don’t have a sump-pump installed,
  • What to Use to Remove the Water Damage if you Don’t Have Electricity,
  • How to Siphon Water out of Your Basement.

Water damage to basements can be severe. Especially if you’re without electricity or a pump to remove the water.

In this article we’ll cover methods on how you can handle such a situation whether you’re lacking electricity or a pump or both.

Removing Water Out of Basement Without a Sump Pump – Can It Be Done?

Trying to remove water from a flooded basement without a sump pump can be extremely challenging. Time is of the essence so you want to choose the most effective way as quick as possible.

We have compiled a list of ways to remove the water if you still have electricity without the aid of a sump pump based on how big or small the flooding may be.

For Large Amounts of Water

  • Shop Vac – check to make sure the vacuum is able to pick up water. Remove the filter/filter retainer before taking in water so not to cause damage. Attach the proper hose for removing water and plug in vacuum where it is not exposed to water in your basement. Be sure to filter out debris and dispose of the water in a safe area. Once finished using the vacuum you will want to clean and disinfect the canister.
  • Trash Pump – this is good for pumping out large volumes of water from your basement. Two hoses will be needed. One for the suction side of the pump and the other for putting into the water. Once attached, you’ll be able to pump the water out effectively.  Keep any eye on the pump as it drains the water to make sure the inlet hose isn’t above the water or else the pump may stop working.
  • Pool Pump – this one only applies if you happen to have a pool and it’s the only pump available. This type of pump works a strainer basket which you want to be careful not to clog when pumping out water from your basement. Also, you will need to prime this pump as well just like a trash pump and use a pool hose for a suction hose and also for the discharge.
  • Utility Pump – this type of pump can be used with two garden hoses. The downside is that this type of pump won’t remove as much water from your basement as the above methods. When choosing what kind of utility pump to use, consider how much water there is and if there is any debris within the water. Otherwise, the pump may get clogged and not work efficiently.

For Small Amounts of Water

  • Mop & Bucket – a basic approach if the pool of water is manageable and you don’t have a pump to remove water from your basement. Just mop up the excessive water and rinse into bucket and repeat until area is clean enough to air dry. Leave windows open in your basement to ventilate if you have any.
  • Towels – if the water is not too excessive, try using towels to soak up the water and dry the area. Many towels may be needed depending how much water there is to clean up in your basement.
  • Box Fan – a fan may be all you need to dry up the water in the basement. Make sure when you plug the fan in that it is in a dry location and not touching the water. Then aim the fan in the direction you want to dry and turn the fan on. This process may take a few hours to see results.
  • Dehumidifier – should you happen to have one in the home then try this approach to drying up the water. You can always go rent a dehumidifier if you feel it will be enough to clean up the water damage from your basement. Be sure to plug it in at a safe area away from the water when using.

Continue Reading: How to Soak up water in Basement

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How To Get Water Out of The Basement Without Electricity

Perhaps you don’t have electricity to utilize a pump when trying to remove a flooded basement. This is where we cover methods on how to still remove water without electricity.

  • Generator – you can bring in a generator to power the sump pump and start draining the water out from the basement. The generator can also power up a wet vac if one is available. Just make sure the generator is charged, has gas and is ready to go in case of an emergency.
  • Handpump – this pump can be plugged directly into the sump pump with no need for electricity. At the other end of the pump you will thread on a garden hose and begin pumping out the water basement. It’s a fairly simple setup. The water will go from your basement to your yard.
  • Mop & Bucket – as mentioned before, this is always an option if the water manageable with this method and it doesn’t require electricity.

How To Siphon Water Out of The Basement

Below are a few methods on how to siphon water out of a basement when you don’t have any pumps to remove the water from your basement and there are no other alternatives. Typically, these methods are used best when the excess water is minimal and siphoning is an effective way of cleaning it up.

  • Place a bucket near the water and place one end of the hose in the bucket and the other end in the water. Using the end of the hose in the bucket, suck lightly on the end of the hose until the water begins to flow in the bucket.Let the water fill the bucket and then dispose of it in a safe area and repeat.
  • Place the hose into the water and place your finger over one end of the hose. Once the hose is filled with water, place the end of the hose covered with your finger into an empty container to drain the water. Hold the hose into the container until it fills up with water.
  • You can also use two garden hoses. Place one end of the hose into the water and the other end in an empty container. Attach a shut-off valve on the hose within the water and set it in the open position. With the second hose, connect it to the hose in the container you’re going to drain the water in. Then take the other end of the second hose and attach it to a faucet. Turn the faucet until water goes through both hoses. When the first hose is full then you can turn off the valve. You can then disconnect the second hose from the faucet and the first hose. After that, water should flow into the container.

When To Call A Professional

Should the water damage in your basement be more than you feel you can handle then you should call an expert to come to remove the water.

A water Damage Restoration Professionals will have the proper equipment and training to effectively clean up the water from your basement and treat the area properly as to minimize any damage.

Also, be sure to reach out to your homeowner’s insurance company to notify them of the damage to the basement.

Below is a list of steps to take when flooding takes place and before having a professional show up.

  • Turn off the power in the basement
  • Remove everything from the floor
  • Keep animals and children away from the water

If you are not sure of the source of the water in your basement they will also be able to determine the cause of the water and fix the problem.

It’s crucial to remove the water as soon as possible as there could be long-term damage to your basement and home such as mold or structural issues.


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