Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
If you were in its path, a flooded basement or crawlspace is likely one of the many issues with which you're now dealing.
The National Weather Service (part of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) states that there was over $5 billion in flood damage in the US and its territories and shows that the ten year average is over $10 billion per year. Certainly, floods are a major cause of property damage and major flood damage to a home is one of the most emotionally and physically difficult catastrophes you can face.
Removing water from a flooded basement is not a simple task and if done incorrectly (such as removing the water too fast) can cause structural failure to your home. In the tutorial How to Drain a Flooded Basement, I'll walk you through the steps you need to go through to safely pump out the water from your basement and make sure the house does not undergo structural damage in the process.