10:03AM | 03/31/05
Member Since: 03/30/05
1 lifetime posts
Hi all.

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?


03:10PM | 04/02/05
Member Since: 03/28/05
2 lifetime posts
We have a similar problem (posted it the other day). The door in our basement, that leads outside, leaks. Actually, there is a set of pre-cast stairs that were brought in and bolted to the foundation. The basement is all underground. Then they put Bilco doors on the stairs. We keep the doors closed. There is no drain at the bottom of the steps either, but that would not help our problem. We are in the north east (as you probably are), and it has rained several inches over the last couple of days. We can watch the water and we see how it comes in. It's not coming in down the stairs. The stairs are dry, so the Bilco doors are doing a good job. When the ground gets so saturated, water starts coming up underneath where the stairs join the foundation. It flows over the ledge into the basement. We spent most of the day using our dry vac (a LIFE savor!) I posted another question asking about this. I can't see why the drain tile around the foundation isn't carrying the water to the sump pump. You may have the same problem. It's a pain, isn't it? We can't finish our basement until this is resolved. Sorry I couldn't help. Maybe someone has some advice for us!
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