Avoid water damage: check your sump pump!If you have a basement or the foundation of your home is below the water table, you probably have a sump pump. It’s this magical little device that pumps water away from the base of your home and keeps the lowest level from flooding. Sounds pretty excellent, right?

So, what happens when your sump pump stops working? Or if your kid is playing in the closet where the switch is and flips it, not knowing what can happen? You end up with a basement full of water. Your carpets squish and squelch, your tile is slipperier than ice, and your wood floors may end up warped irreparably. At ServiceMaster Absolute, we understand that accidents like this happen. We also know how important it is to get water off your floors before you’re stuck dealing with full-on flood damage. Here’s what you need to know about sump pumps and basement flooding:

Keep Up With Your Sump

The easiest way to avoid water damage is pretty straightforward: check your sump pump. Since that one little device is responsible for a great deal of foundation protection, you need to keep it in proper working order all year round. You should have your sump pump maintained at least annually by a professional who can check for debris that may cause blockages, fraying wires or other wear-and-tear that could stop your pump from working, and that your float switch (if you have one) is set to turn your pump on at the right height. Sump pumps will eventually wear out, but annual servicing will help you prevent costly water damage repairs on top of pump replacement.

What To Do In A Flood

If, heaven forbid, the worst does happen and your home floods, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the damage while you wait for a water damage restoration company like ServiceMaster Absolute to arrive and get to work.


Water and electronics don’t get along. Anyone who has accidentally dropped their phone into a sinkful of dishwater knows this. If you can safely access electronics, get them unplugged before they’re fried by the water. However, be very careful that you don’t accidentally electrocute yourself in the process.

Avoid water damage by drying floors fast!Get The Water Up

If you have standing water on your floors, do as much as you can to get the water off them quickly. Water can warp wood, damage grout, and ruin carpets and padding. If you have a floor steam cleaner, this can be an excellent tool to suction off a good deal of the water coating your floors. If your sump pump accidentally got turned off or blocked, get it working again as quickly as possible. This will go a long way to helping avoid damage to your house’s foundation.

Dry Off

Once you’ve gotten as much water up as possible, speed along the drying process. If your carpets were soaked, it will still take several hours, but every little bit helps. Use large floor fans you have or ask neighbors to borrow theirs and direct them at as much floor area as possible. Your water damage restoration experts will have more powerful suction and fan options, but the sooner you can get started, the easier it will be to mitigate the damage to your home.

Call The Experts

When it comes to flood damage in your home, the best thing you can do (if you can’t prevent it), is to call the experts and get them to your home as quickly as possible. Water damage restoration companies like ServiceMaster Absolute have better equipment and more experience dealing with flood damage, so we can get your home water-free quickly.

If you have water damage in your home, call ServiceMaster Absolute today to get started on your water damage restoration process!