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More Basement Flooding

Seriously, I don't have time for this.

It rained all night, so the first thing I did this morning was check the pumps and the basement. The GFCI hadn't tripped, the pumps were working fine. There was still water in the basement. *sigh* I vacuumed up about a gallon. The water's doing a pretty good job of staying out of the way, I think. There's more that I can vacuum, but not much, and not easily, so I'm just going to wait 'till I come home for lunch to do something more about it. I mopped the water around a bit to thin it out instead of letting it pool. Combined with the fans, that should help keep it from being too terrible.

I want to dig a trench around our basement floor to catch all the water that comes in and have the trench sloped to the drain that's in the corner of the basement. Yeah, we have a drain in the basement. Yeah, it seems to be situated at one of the higher points on the basement floor. Brilliant.

I hate having a water problem in the basement. It's not a major problem -- we've managed to manage it. But I'd rather control it. Eliminate it.

I love having the extra storage room in the basement, and a nice out-of-the-way place to keep our washer and dryer, but if someone came up to me right now and offered to fill in the entire basement with concrete, I would not immediately reject the idea....

And I got up all early this morning so that I'd be able to get to work nice and early and get settled into a good groove off working on my project before everyone else started showing up. I'm behind and really need to start catching up. If I could, I'd take the day off again so I could spend the day fighting the water as it comes in, or trying to emergency divert it from the outside. I just really need to get a handful of things taken care of at work, so I'm doing the best I can.

It's good to vent about it, though. Thanks for listening.


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Nov. 16th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've thought of that, too.
Nov. 16th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
Boooo for leaky basements. =( But on the other hand, you could give Bob Villa a run for his money, so I am sure you'll be able to fix it! =)
Nov. 16th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
why don't you put "french "drains around your house and drain the water away from the house down towards the front bank and while you're at it seal the outside basement walls with tar to help plug up and leaking and stop the concrete from absorbing the moisture ????
Nov. 17th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
That's potentially part of the long-term solution. But I can't just snap my fingers and make that happen. So, in the mean time, I have stop-gap measures that I keep in place.
Nov. 17th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
Oh man
I completely empathize. We finally bit the bullet and had a landscaping company regrade our yard after the massive flood in June. They ended up building up two new stairs to our basement, putting in a bigger gutter, digging a swale to take the water to the street, dumping a ton of clay soil to make the grade of the yard go away from our basement door, and putting mulch on top of the dirt.

Today was the first really massive rain since the work was done. The basement was completely dry.

You might want to get quotes from some companies to evaluate the problem and put in a fix. It's a bit pricey, but I wish we had done it when we moved in 4 1/2 years ago. Quite a bit of grief and damage could have been avoided.
Nov. 17th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh man
Yeah, it's on our list of "to-dos" Fortunately, we've mitigated most of the damage potential by packing just about everything in rubermaid containers, so if they get wet, *shrug*, who cares? We've still got the grief, though....
Nov. 17th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)
The basement drain probably was at the lowest point when the house was built. But things have changed. Embrace those changes. Embrace the water. Become one with it. Enjoy it. Encourage it to seek one-ness with your basement. Understand its flow, and its settling. Let it seek the "wind" that also is in your home, and find harmony. Only in this will you find peace.

Or you may find peace in about 25 truckloads of concrete. Your choice.
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