Recently ended up with a flooded basement after heavy snowmelt and torrential rain. 2 inches of water in laundry room, carpets completely soaked through in rest of basement. I would like for this not to happen again. So my question is this:
Where did the water come from, under the basement door or up through the foundation?
I live in a raised rannch and the bottom of the basement door is located at the foot of the foundation. It opens up to an uncovered "bulkhead style" staircase with a gravel/dirt pit underneath. When i discovered the water, I found most of it to be in the area of this door, and the little pit outside the door was COMPLETELY flooded. My initial thought is that it got under the door.....but it was SO much water and spread out so fr in the course of 6 hours. I am now second guessing myself and wondering if in fact it came through floor. There are no cracks and the previous owner said he had NEVER had a problem in seven years...what do you think, door or floor?
If door, would covering the "bulkhead area" help?
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