Now that the weather has gotten warm, your family may be spending more time outside. If you have an in-ground swimming pool, it's probably getting a lot of use. If it is, you need to pay close attention to the fill valve. One wrong turn and you could be faced with a watery disaster. You see, if your fill valve is left open, it could cause a flood. This is especially true if you're not home when the pool starts to overflow. If your home floods due to an open fill-valve, you'll need to take action right away. Here are four steps you need to take after your swimming pool floods the basement.
Turn the Water Off
If you've come home to find your in-ground flooding, the first thing you need to do is get the water supply turned off. Locate the fill valve and turn it to the off-position. If you can't locate the fill valve, or it's broken, you'll need to turn the water off at the main. In most cases, the main water valve is located along the easement line of your property. Once the water is turned off, your pool will stop filling up. But, you'll still need to deal with the excess water that's poured out of your pool.
Create a Control Zone
If your in-ground pool has overflowed and it's flooding your basement, you'll need to create a control zone. Without the control zone, water will continue to pour into your basement. If you have heavy-duty trash bags, you can use them to create temporary sand bags. Fill the bags with dirt from your yard, and create a wall by placing the bags on top of each other. There should be enough to form a wall between the pool and your basement. If you don't have trash bags, you can dig a trench along the foundation of your home. This will allow water to drain away from your basement.
Remove the Standing Water
If your in-ground pool has flooded your basement, you'll need to remove the standing water as soon as possible. If the water remains in your basement for too long, you could be left to deal with a couple of different problems. First, the standing water could cause damage to the foundation. Second, standing water increases the chance that you'll be dealing with mold growth later. To avoid foundation damage, and mold growth, use sump pumps to remove the standing water.
Contact a Restoration Company
Finally, before you try to tackle any of the major cleanup from the flood, contact a water damage restoration company. Water damage is not something that you should try to take care of on your own.