A good way to deal with that might be an outside sump pump crock at that point of failure. I dug one for my parent's years ago. Having the sump crock outside your house has several benefits- not having to cut into your basement floor and thereby creating an avenue for the water to come inside are two primary ones. As long as you are below the frost line, you do not have to worry about freezing. It has performed flawlessly for them for 20 years. Don't forget to reseal the basement wall when you dig it out.It is the same here and we will be disclosing it together with the fix (did that with the last house we sold). The issue here is one weak point by the corner of the building foundation. All the rest is incredibly heavy clay that acts as a water block. But in that one corner, it was filled with sand so passed the moisture through the foundation given the record breaking rain and moisture this year. The corner by the way was our dedicated home theater!
So far, no indication of mold or mildew. Day one I bought a bunch of blowers and have as I mentioned around the clock, drying the place with every means possible. Unlike a regular flood, this was all a quarter of an inch or less. Half the area is tile so didn't care. The carpet through soaked it up but I have been working on drying it each time after the leak which has been the source of exhaustion. Dehumidifier is running around the clock as well.
I also bought an ozone generator to kill bad stuff in combination with the blower.
Ultimately if we have to rip out the carpet and drywall, that is what we have to do but right now, I am hopeful we don't have to.
On litigation, there is blame to be had by folks who did the original drainage but I don't know that I want to pursue it. One option that I am thinking about is the county. There is a road that leads to our driveway and with rain, it becomes a river, dumping all the water into our yard. It does not have drainage ditch. I complained to the county two years ago but they just dismissed it. The original owners of the land donated this part of the property to the county so that they would maintain it. But naturally they have not.
So, whatcha looking at? Lol. Just kidding.my eighteenth open back headphone decision
I am very sorry about the domestic breakdown and I hope that it will pass quickly and return to health. Water problems are really hateful and, if there are slips, they hurt even more. Cheer up, after the fucking storm comes the calm.Hello you all. You probably noticed I have been away from the forum a few days. Last Thursday the finished lower floor of our house which is below grade developed a leak. This quickly became a massive flood, overwhelming our efforts to keep it at bay. To make matters worse, near midnight, my wife slipped on the wet stairs and badly injured her back side and elbow. So we spent the next day at the hospital and thankfully, nothing was broken but she has been in serious pain (but getting better). We had two days of dry weather which gave us a chance to repack things of value but then the rain came and multiple flooding with it. We would spend 12 to 16 hours pumping and drying out the floor, only to get fully overwhelmed in a matter of hours.
I have bought every pump and gadget you can think of but none of them are effective with shallow flooding of quarter of an inch of water (seeping through the walls). Actually it has been so bad that in the time it takes me to go to the hardware store to buy the next thing, the house been flooding completely again! No restoration company would come to dry the house because the leak is still there. So stuck doing it all ourselves.
My builder called a crew with excavators and such over the weekend and they showed up Monday, only to make it worse and leave. So last two days has been more rounds of hell. I was drying and pumping the house for nearly 20 hours straight last nigh as the non-stop rain caused it to flood again and again! A more competent crew is here and is building a much more extensive water management system. Hopefully they get it done and it works.
Getting help of course in this environment is next to impossible. Had a great handyman I had used on other projects but he wouldn't come over to help either.
Anyway, starting tomorrow it is supposed to dry out for a few days so maybe this insanity will be over by the weekend.
I have only been able to drop in the forum for a minute or two per day. Just so much to do.