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Water, Water, everywhere

October 13, 2010

The sump pump malfunctioned during the rain storm and caused this flooding


My grandmother used to say “water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink.” That phrase is all I could think about the past few days when I was sucking up a half foot of rainwater out of my client’s basement. What an incredible mess.

The sad part is that it could have been easily avoided.

Here’s my simple two-step “how-to” on getting water out of your basement and preventing it from getting there in the first place. Watered down just enough for any new DIY’er:

Test Your Sump Pump
a. Check that it’s plugged in (duh? Yes. But I have several very funny stories born of this exact “forgot to”)!
b. Turn the pump on by raising the float (ball on rod) until the pump runs.
c. Clear dirt and debris from around the pump (no hair clogs here).

Clean Out Your Drain
a. Clear leaves, dirt, whatever, out of the stairwell and away from the drain hole (nobody wants a dirty drain hole).
b. Run a hose into the drain hole and turn it on full blast to push dirt out the other side. For what it’s worth, dirt blasting is far more fun than standing in a lake of cold rain water because your drain is clogged.
c. Place a portable sump pump in your stairwell if the drain is not draining quickly enough to keep up with water accumulation.

Sump pump in stairwell

The drain was clogged which added to the flooding. A spare sump pump has been added for extra protection.

I also suggest that you waterproof your basement at some point. It’s not expensive and your repair woman (Yes, I’m hoping it will be me!) will take a look and tell you if there has ever been a leak or water seepage.
If there has been a leak or seepage, me and my team (yes, I’m being a little presumptuous here, but hey, a woman’s gotta be assertive) will fix it – or show you how to fix it with DryLok.

I’m hoping you are never under water with your home repairs.

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