Re: flooded basement again
Posted by CEA on April 28, 2004 at 14:17:25:
In response to Re: flooded basement again
What you are describing is probably not'd have to dig a hole much deeper than the sump, and what happens when the hole fills up--you'd just be digging a bigger sump with the same problems as your main one.

The best solution to all these problems is a combination of natural or piped drainage to get the surface water away from the house, and piped drainage underground to get the water away from the foundation and into the storm drains. Unfortunately if you live on relatively level ground the only place low enough to drain the piped drains into is the sump...and that means making sure you have a sump pump that is going to work. I'd suggest looking at a bigger sump pump and a more reliable backup (maybe more than one). If there's usually someone home, you might want to keep a small gasoline-powered pump on hand which could be used in an emergency. A high water alarm on the basement floor might be a good investment too. Good luck.

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