Basement door ruminations
August 6, 2013 9:04 PM Subscribe
We have a short (maybe 2/3, 3/4 standard height) door leading to the basement, and are contemplating making it a full-height door to have a separate entrance for a home office. Extending the door downwards seems to be the easiest option, but that will place it only a few inches above the basement floor, and I'm concerned about flooding. Is there a way to make this happen that will not increase the risk of flooding?
posted by Behemoth to home & garden (5 answers total)
Some more details:
- There are structural beams right above the door, so growing the door upward is not very feasible.
- Currently, there are concrete steps leading down from ground level towards the short door, with some kind of drain at the bottom that goes to places unknown. During severe rain, water can accumulate at the bottom of the steps and takes a while to drain, but so far it's never risen high enough to penetrate through the existing door.
- We've talked to a couple contractors. One said that blowing away the existing concrete steps and making new ones, with a new drain, will be sufficient. Another said a sump pump should be installed to make sure water does not rise... something something, water table. I didn't have high confidence in the first solution, and I'd rather not rely on a pump due to power outages, etc.
Is there some kind of proper passive drainage system that will make this project reasonably flood-proof? Or at least as flood-proof as the existing situation?