The current scenario (http://www.uncoolcentral.com/images/dump/stupid_pipe.gif) is ugly, rusty, and requires occasional maintenance to be effective.
The goal is a simple, pretty, rust-proof, maintenance-free solution.
The prize? A laminated certificate of engineering achievement placard placed by the drain in your honor, and my eternal gratitude. (I'll even email you a pic of the placard in place!)
When it rains a lot, (and it's rained more here in the past few months than any other few-month period I can recall,) the small hole in the foundation from the old oil tank (used to be used for heating,) sends a little rivulet into my basement.
I came home from work during the first hurricane to find several of inches of water near the basement drain. ****. Then I pulled the pipe (diagram) out, and the water drained. Easy.
I knew the second hurricane was coming, so I removed the pipe. Rivulet of water came and went with little incident.
A few days ago, it rained all day and saturated the ground. Then, though there was only a "20% chance of showers" it rained cats and dogs last night. Rivulet returned, pipe was in the drain. Standing water ensued this morning.
So I plan to address the oil-tank hole as best I can in the spring. I need a solution until then, and in case I can't totally fix the problem in the spring.
1.-prevent gases (and water) from coming up through the drain
2.-allow for a similar pipe to accept a few drain-pipes (might add a sink in the basement)
3.-allow for "regular" non-pipe drainage w/out removal of said pipe
4.-not entail excessive digging or removal of the concrete floor
I can't leave the drain open, because a nasty ass smell can pervade the house – and the GF sometimes forgets to put the pipe in when she does laundry (yes I’m lucky) and the whole-house humidifier drains into the pipe too.
I have a couple of ideas, but if you can think of anything, or need more fun diagrams, let me know.
If winning solution is a collaborative effort, individuals split prizes, except for my gratitude, as there'll be enough of that to go around.
I'm going back to my stinky, wet basement.
Posted the challenge to a list-serve I'm on. The following diagram outlines the proposed solution.
Looking for feedback.
Looking for feedback.
Chemical/Vapor odor in basement after mold remediation
wet basement, drain tile or landscape?
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