This weather has got to stop, My gauge shows rainfall of over 10 in. so far.
My garage is showing signs of water infiltration at the floor level.I have
routed the downspouts out to the street but what else can I do to prevent
any water actually getting into the garage? I'm thinking of painting the
floor and sealing where the block meets the floor. We've only had the house
for 6 months now and with the previous rain and snow I haven't had any water
seapage before so I am hoping that this is only because of the massive
amounts of rain we are getting.
Houses that have not had problems in 50 years and more are now having water.
This is a very unusual 200 year rainfall. It may never happen again in our
As for painting, it won't help. Water is best removed on the outside, not
sealed on the inside. Check hte drainage too. You did the right thing
with the downspouts.
We've had torrential rains before, but nothing lasting this long or this
torrential. The only water that I had was a darkening line along my back
wall at the floor. It was only about 2-3 inches into the garage (the line of
wetness) and only in one spot about 2 ft long. I just don't want future
problems, I know that I can re route my gutters and spouts.
If you plan to live there for 5 years and move, then you
can basically look at the house as a disposable dwelling,
in which case, don't worry about it. If you're on what's
supposed to be a family estate, occupied for generations,
then you want the house to withstand rainfall of biblical
proportions. Ideally, you'd have the house bermed,
and have drain-tile around the footings leading to
open-air discharge, AND have a sump-pit and pump.
(after noting in a previous posting of something over 10" altho didn't
actually say over what time frame)
How old are you?
10" in a single event certainly doesn't seem like any great rarity,
particularly in places back there that have fairly high rainfall,
I'm only 60-something and I've seen 2-ft (yes, feet!) totals in only
slightly over 24 hours in VA (Camille fallout, 1969) and numerous other
rains of 8-10" there and in E TN in the 30 years or so was there. That
alltime records would be 10" or less most places east of the
Mississippi seems unlikely to me.
Even out here where annual rainfall averages are 20" or less it is
certainly not unheard of to have such single-storm evens although here
they don't cover as large as areas in general as they do where there
simply is more widespread water vapor available owing to proximity to
large bodies of water and prevailing weather patterns.
We've had a couple just the last couple of months that dumped as much
as 10-12" in only a few hours and a particularly nasty one three years
ago did 16" in only slightly over 3 hours. That one was especially
rough because it included 80-90 mph wind and baseball-sized hail for
nearly 45 minutes during the early phases of the storm.
My point is that there is far too much being made of a lot of this
about "one of a kind" and "lifetime" events that a more considered look
at actual history could allay...
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