All the yard work we started this week was designed to manage exactly this type of event. But we were a long way from being finished before the monsoons started.
Minor basement leaking started last night around 9 PM, and it was fully under control at midnight with the sump pump doing its job.
|Water gushes beside the house from the sump discharge.|
I went down to the basement and found the sump pump running continuously and ~1" of water in the whole basement.
Then the power went off. Without the sump pump, water quickly built up. The basement was leaking in at least a dozen places; many places on the wall were just weeping.
|The weeping wall|
|A brick berm keeps the water away from my septic field|
|You can barely see the channel I dug, but it works|
|Water flows around the house|
|At a peak, but not the worst|
Now the bad. From 3:30 PM onward, water came into the basement as fast as we could sweep it to the sump pump. The sump is in a low, but there are highs between there and the rest of the basement. So we have 3" of water in places, none in others, and after 5 hours, we were exhausted from sweeping. Three garden hoses are draining water to the sump, too. Water is steadily flowing in and out, and we can't stop the inflow, nor speed up the outflow. Things will only get better when the rain stops.
And it poured all afternoon.
There's huge flooding on multiple places on every road around here.
|That's a BMW submerged on the TransCanada|
We're assuming our well water is contaminated, even though our well is over 120' deep. We're impressed its even working, given the water pouring out of the electrical cable leading to it. Our septic tank appears happy, but the groundwater has risen so much, we're concerned about backflow in the field. So it's "flush when you have to" and no showers or laundry.
So long as the power stays on, we will sit in stasis until it stops raining, pumping out the water as it comes in. We quit sweeping at 8 PM, had dinner and nearly collapsed. As of 10 PM, there was a steady 2" of water in the basement, the sump pump's doing it's thing, the water's still pouring in...and it's raining heavily.
|We're in the midst of the green|