Tuesday, April 7, 2009

This is NOT what your basement should look like

Exhibit A: What happens when your subpump fails

Exhibit B: What happens when your french drains overflow and stepping on the carpet in the finished half of your basement is like stepping on a wet sponge....

Needless to say last night was fun? Do any of you have any tips???


Mango Gal said...

No tips here! So sorry it happened!

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Oh, no! So sorry! And I am the least helpful person of all time, so no suggestions :(

BasementGal said...

Sorry to intrude in your blog, but I do have a couple of tips that might help you solve the current problem and prevent more problems like this in the future.

It seems to me, based on this pic, that the drain tile you have installed is an internal one that runs along the basement wall?

If that is the case, it should be covered under some kind of warranty and needs to be consistently serviced throughout the years to prevent this kind of stuff from happening. Did they keep up with regular schedulled maintenance?
Call the company who installed the drainage and see what they can do.

Consider installing a battery operated backup sump pump system, complete with the switch and an alarm to let you know when the main pump stopped and the backup kicks in.

This way, if your main pump stops for any reason (power outtages, tripped circuit breaker, mechanical failures) the back up pump will have you covered.

If you have a finished basement I;d even think about going the extra mile and installing a TripleSafe system, with two back up pumps.

This system is all mounted into a compact container that can probably fit in the same pit you already have for your regular pump.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Sweet Nothings said...

ohh no! :(