You may have noticed that it rained yesterday, a lot! All that water had to go somewhere. It sounds like basements were one of the preferred locations. The first conversation I had was with a woman while our cars were being serviced. She had water in the basement and was trying to figure out what to do next. I gave her the phone number for John’s Waterproofing. She was on the phone when I left.
We have installed the WaterGuard system in our current and previous home, our current remodel project and soon-to-be done rental property. There is more on their website but the basic idea is that by jack hammering out the perimeter of the basement and installing the system, the water is channeled to either the floor drain or sump pump and out of the basement. Once installed, the only evidence is a lip that you can then install framing over. Our basement used to have a river that ran from one end to the other when it rained. It is now carpeted and sheet rocked. They system does require some annual maintenance but hearing that sump pump kick on warms my heart.
The second conversation was with friends. They called too and set something up for next week with John’s (they were busy yesterday as you might imagine). The next call from them was a little more urgent. What started as seeping water through the floor of the basement had become a small fountain. When you walked on the floor, it forced even more water out of the hole. Our solution requires:
- Five gallon bucket
- Sump pump (that fits inside of five gallon bucket)
- A bag of gravel would be useful but requires digging a bigger hole
Digger beware! Do you know where your sewer line is? How thick is your concrete slab? We can take no responsibility for how this works out in your situation! The method, at least in this case, and this is the second successful application is:
- Break up the concrete enough so that you can dig a big enough hole to place the entire five gallon bucket in the hole. You may want a tarp to put the muddy wet water on
- Dig hole
- Drill holes in bottom of bucket
- If hole is big enough, add gravel. This will help keep dirt out of the pump
- Place bucket in hole, pump in bucket, run hose outside and plug in
Hopefully this will be a temporary fix until it can be done properly. The bucket took about 10 minutes to fill after it was inserted and the pump kicked on for the first time.
By the end of day, we’d referred three people and scheduled our own appoinment for our rental. Heavy rain is one advantage to looking at homes in the winter. Buyers can see whether the basement is dry or not.