Command Plumbing has an extensive fleet of equipment capable of providing a wide range of pumping services that include, but are not limited to:
• Storm Drain Catch Basins & Lines
• Parking lots
The maintenance of your drainage system may not be on the top list of your priority list.
Unless you’d like to go for a swim in your parking lot, you’re suggested to clean your drainage system at least once a year. Trust in Command to pump all the standing water from your parking lot.
Potential flooding is definitely coming your way if you fail to look after your drain system. Drainage structures such as storm drains, catch basins and soakage pits are vital to maintain our roadways and parking lots free of flooding.
Command provides Storm Drain cleaning and maintenance services to both Commercial & Residential customers. We have a fleet of trucks that have the capability to clean and vacuum mainline sewers, storm drains, wet and dry wells, lift stations, catch basin and storm drain culverts.
The fleet of pumps are range from 100 GPH to 1500 GPM.
Wait until exterior floodwaters recede. If water is standing in your yard around your home’s foundation, it’s too soon to pump. Shut off electricity to the house if it’s still on. Keep children and animals away from the basement.
A submersible pump is necessary for removing the water. The pump is encased in a waterproof shell and features a sealed electrical cord and a fitting that connects to a regular garden hose or a sump hose, which is larger in diameter. The larger the hose, the more quickly the pump will remove the water. In addition to the pump and a hose, you’ll need a heavy-duty extension cord and a generator to run the pump. A nylon rope is necessary for lowering the pump if the water is more than a few feet deep.
Setting Up the Pump
Attach the extension cord to the pump cord before putting the pump in the basement. Secure the connection where no water can reach it by looping the cords around a ceiling joist or another heavy object that will hold the connection where it won’t get wet. Attach a garden hose or a sump hose to the fitting on the top of the pump and tie a nylon rope to the top of the pump. Most pumps have a place on top of the pump where you can tie the rope. Position the end of the hose away from the house on a grade where the water can drain into a gutter or storm sewer.
Pumping Out the Water
Lower the pump into the basement, using the rope. If you’ve only got few inches of standing water, you can wear rubber boots and position the pump on the floor at the lowest spot. Once the pump is in place, start the generator and plug the extension cord into the generator. This will start the pump. You can speed the removal process by running two or more pumps at the same time. Once the water level is down to a few inches, position the pump at the lowest level in the basement to remove all the water.
Wet/Dry Vacuum for Small Problems
If the water problem is limited to a small area and is less than 1-inch deep, you might be able to pump out the water with a wet/dry vacuum. Wet/dry vacuums work well, but they draw the water into a tank, which holds about 4 to 5 gallons of water. Each time the tank is full, you must carry it upstairs or to a basement drain and dump it. For anything more than very small water problems, this can quickly become labor-intensive.
The general rule is that you should replace anything porous if it was saturated with water to prevent the risk of mold growth. This includes drywall paneling and carpeting. There are companies that will come in and dry out carpet, but their service is often nearly as expensive as replacing the carpet. For walls, remove drywall paneling and let the wood framing dry completely before installing new drywall. Running a dehumidifier can speed the drying process. Check with your local health department for tips on reducing mold risk.
When pumping Basements
As flood waters recede, to ground level, the water on your ground-level floor will flow out along with it. The problem is going to be the water in your basement. Most people’s first reaction is to try and pump every bit of water out of their basement as quickly as possible. This is a huge mistake and can result in severe structural damage to your home.
If your power is back on, we recommend a submersible electric pump. Some submersible pumps run on a 12-volt marine or car battery or alternatively a petrol / diesel driven pump. If you have a pump that runs on one of these, it is preferred. Most of us, though, will probably end up using a pump that runs on standard house electricity, and you will have to find a place to plug it in. First, though, you have to make sure that you don’t electrocute yourself going into the basement.
If the water in your basement is deep, you must remember that water conducts electricity. If you walk into a flooded basement, make sure that everything is turned off first. Then, afford yourself another layer of protection by wearing heavy rubber boots and rubber gloves that can insulate you from electricity and absolutely don’t leak.
If your fuse box isolates your basement, and you know it as 100% fact that you can disable the power in the basement while leaving it on in the rest of your house, then you can use electricity in your house on the ground floor and higher.
If you are using a standard electrical outlet, you will need to run an extension cord to your submersible pump, which will pump water outside the building through a discharge hose. You will need to stabilise the hose, and make sure to direct the hose in a position that makes the water run away from the basement.
If you have done everything right so far, you haven’t electrocuted yourself, your family, or your pets. That is the most important part of pumping water out of your basement. But the next part is very important, too: don’t pump the water out of the basement all at once.
Even if flood water has receded, the ground water level can still be high. If the waters have just receded, there is a very high probability that the ground water on the outside of your basement is at least as high as the water in the basement.
When the water level is nearly to the top of your basement, it literally exerts tons of pressure on your basement walls. The water that is inside your basement serves to equalise the pressure, and keep the water outside from collapsing your basement, and with it your foundation, and possibly your entire house.
This raises an obvious question: how do you tell when the water level is too high? We recommend pumping out a foot of water the first day. Then, you mark the water level on the wall, and see if the water level in the basement has covered the mark. If it has, the water level in the basement is still too high.
If the water level is still too high, then wait 24 hours and pump out another foot of water. If the water doesn’t cover up your mark again, then you can pump two or three feet of water out of your basement and wait overnight, remembering to mark your new spot to make sure you aren’t pumping water out too fast.
After you have done the above steps, just repeat until the water is gone, and you only have what amounts to a wet floor. After the submersible pump has removed the lion’s share of the water, use a shop-vac or mops and buckets to remove the rest of the water.
After you have removed the water, use a disinfectant with anti-fungal properties on all surfaces that were covered with water. This will help keep your basement from developing mold.
Always remember that safety comes first. Hopefully, your basement will never flood, but if it does, having the right information can save your life