Depending on the amount of water, you may need to hire a water removal company for this step. Be sure to read through the ‘Working with contractors’ post first. If you are able to do this safely on your own, with family, friends, and/or volunteers, here’s how you could do it. Be sure to read the ‘General Clean Up Tips’ as well.

Start removing large amounts of water with buckets and/or pumps, if you have them. Then use a shop-vac, making sure to thoroughly read the instruction manual as you may need to remove the filter first. The key here is to get as much standing water out of your home as quickly as you can. Be conscientious of where you are dumping the water on your property, try to get it as close to the city sewage system as possible.

*Remember to keep your receipts if you rent or buy your pumps or shop-vac.

Additionally, it would be wise to make sure the street-gutters near your home are not blocked with debris. It’s very common for leaves and trash to accumulate around your drainage system in your street, preventing excessive amounts of water from draining in an efficient manner. If you keep this area clear of debris, the water will recede at a quicker pace.

Next step: General Clean Up Tips