How do I keep water from coming under my basement door?
June 14, 2007 5:10 PM Subscribe
Looking for ideas on how to stop my basement door from leaking.
posted by COD to home & garden (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The door is at the bottom of 5 or 6 steps, directly under the bay window from the main floor of the house. There is a drain in the center of the landing outside the door. The problem I have is that when we get heavy rain, the drain has trouble keeping up. Add in a leaf or some mud to partially block the drain and its even worse. The door threshold is very low - barely a quarter of inch, so it doesn't take much for water to come over the threshold and under the door.
I thought about putting in an awning to keep the area dry during rain, but due to the bay window I don't think that is going to work. At least attaching anything to the house will be very problematic. I believe the primary problem is the water coming down the stairs during rainstorms. I've given some thought to buying a box of industrial absorbent socks like are used in factories and simply leaving a couple on the steps to catch the water before it gets to the landing. Not sure if that will work...
DIY / cheap ideas are best, especially since I'm spending over $1000 tonight on carpet drying, anti bacterial / mold treatments, etc. However spending some cash with a contractor to avoid another episode like last night is certainly ok.
Has anybody had to deal with this?