My girlfriend's house has 5 downspouts, each of which empty into the
sewer. Nonetheless, she STILL had water in her basement. I've looked
at her gutters and they are clear. What's going on?
The cellar is psudo-finished. She has wood paneling up on 60% of the
walls. It looks like the wateris coming in sideways through the
block. The home is situated midway on a hill side. There is no sump.
Too much water in too short a time - I have a fully waterproofed
basement with complex drains, sump pump, etc. Still got water in the
basement - and then the power went off and the sump pump quit...I have
never seen water in my basement in the 8 years I have lived in this house.
Water fell like an ocean here in Atlanta - there was a foot of water on
my patio and I was out "sweeping" with a broom in the pelting rain to
keep it from coming under the doors. All the downspouts were running
full tilt - water blew in sideways through my ridge vents.
I've never seen anything like it here.
Ed Stuart wrote:
The sewer pipe may have been full due to all the water it was getting from
upstream(uphill). If so none of her water was getting into the sewer, it
would have just poured out through every leak in the down spouts and pipe,
onto the saturated ground, and into the basement.
My down spouts run through some buried 4" pipe and then daylight about 30
feet from the house. The only times I've had water in the basement was the 2
occasions when the outlet of the 4" pipe got clogged. (and when there's more
than a few inches of snow the outlet is darned hard to find).
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