How do you drain a slightly flooded basement on the cheap?
May 6, 2007 8:08 AM Subscribe
Wetvacing isn't working, are there any less frustrating ways to get low - but still really damaging- amounts of water out of a basement for preferably less then two hundred dollars?
posted by sandswipe to Home & Garden (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
During major storms my basement floods. Nothing apocalyptic most of the time, just a constant trickle. Only problem is, that trickle goes on for hours, and without intervention we get a whole lot of standing water. Every time I google I see solutions for draining basements that were at least four feet under water, but doing this procedure it rarely gets to one inch. My stuff on the ground and my afternoon are still ruined.
I'm seventeen, m, and due to space constraints in my house and dealing with my mom too often I've moved a couple couches and tvs with all my gaming stuff and my computer down there. This usually isn't a problem since I keep everything off the ground and have a linoleum floor laid directly on concrete, but it's really a hassle.
Every time it floods my mom goes through the same procedure to try and drain it: use a wetvac (vacuum for water, basically) to drain a little water from the 17x13 basement, empty the watvac into a small (under two feet tall by 16' diameter) unused trashcan, and get either me or a friend who's staying with us to carry these loads outside for dumping.
I've tried to suggest other methods, but due to cost she refuses to hire a contractor or preform any expensive repairs, citing status as a single mother in a dead-end city government position. The water enters through the EXACT CENTER of the house, through some concrete stairs, so we aren't sure where it comes in. We've sealed a lot of places around the outside of the house, but it doesn't seem to have helped a whole lot.
Once we tried setting the wetvac outside the window and snaking the hose in, leaving it open to continuously drain, but we have gotten a larger vac since then and the hose wouldn't fit through the window. It's the venecian blinds style window, small, sitting right in the corner six feet up, ground level outside, I'm not sure how else to describe it.
Any help with this problem would be appreciated as soon as possible; there is a flood warning in effect for my area for the next day, and a chance of storms through wednesday.