Friday, May 05, 2017

A Sunny Friday?

     Probably no sun today.  There's water in the basement.  Not a lot, but it seeps in through every tiny crack.  Much more rain and I may be having to rig up the pump.

     Generally, the basement is set up to survive a little water on the floor.  We have a dehumidifier, things are largely stored off the floor, and if the rain doesn't go on too long, it works out.  Two or three times, the basement has taken on significant amounts of water, including one sewer back-up nine years ago.   The floor drain with its anti-backflow valve has been replaced since, and the city redid the sewer and storm drains the following year.  But the system is still semi-combined and significant, prolonged rainfall is not without risk.

     So here's hoping for the best and for no more rain for awhile.

3 comments:

Raz Raxxaffian said...

So I guess there is an exception to the rule 'all crap flows downhill'...

Raz

Will said...

Boat bilge pump that dumps into the clothes-washer drain pipe?

Roberta X said...

Will, I have a manual sump-type pump, which I get out, setup and and plug in when needed. It pulls water from the lowest part of the basement over the floor drain (which would be shut off by the backflow preventer) and dumps that water into the back yard through a long hose -- because often, when there is so much ground water that it gets into the basement, the sewers are full. They are combined storm/sanitary drains in much of the city and I don't think the city's reworking of our sewer main several years ago changed that.