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Old 12-29-2010, 05:48 PM - Thread Starter
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Didn't seem to find anything with reference to powerbars being under water so i thought i'd ask. Here seems to be the best place as i will be replacing a few other items.

Long story short, basement flooded while i was sleeping on the sofa. Woke up with ~6inches of water at my feet. My power bar was submerged and still ON!!! This is an APC unit. I had to flick it off with my finger which gave me a bit of a shock. I talked to APC today and he said, "it's not meant to function underwater". Well DUH... Figured it would trip the surge protection feature on said power bar. Granted it didn't trip the breaker either but i was under the impression this was meant to be more sensitive to keep my stuff from exploding.

My sony sub was most likely ruined, my old school audiosphere research 18L's probably ruined along with my cabinet. Planning on renovating the basement at the same time.

For replacing the speakers i was quoted on the paradigm monitor 11's and a paradigm sub that i don't recall the model number for.

But in the works is new tile (old was subfloor and linoleum), paint and everything off the floor!!! I lots my laptop and backup HD because of this.

So my questions so far, was the power bar functioning properly? Other suitable replacements for speakers and such?

Thanks!
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...was the power bar functioning properly?

Yes. And you are lucky you weren't electrocuted.
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you're right i am. If i had put my foot in the water while trying to turn off the power bar i'm sure it would have been a very different story. Fortunately the electrocution was contained to my finger.

I think i'm going to mount the power bar on the cabinet or to the wall.
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Sorry to hear. What caused the flood and shouldn't the FIRST thing be to fix the cause?

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Vote #2 for fixing the cause first!
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Vote #2 for fixing the cause first!

I agreed totally. You need to add backup sump pump. This can be either battery power or water powered sump pump. As other stated if the cause of the flood isn't corrected, no sense doing more work in the basement.

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Sorry to hear. What caused the flood and shouldn't the FIRST thing be to fix the cause?

the problem has been fixed. The storm drain system for the house drains into a sump which is then routed into another sump in the middle of the driveway. This sump is consider a city sump as it is used by multiple houses. It then drains down my driveway into the main city system. The line going down the main city system was blocked. It has never been cleaned since (at least) we owned the house (20+ years).

the water came back up through the storm drain so a sump pump wouldn't have helped. It would have just pumped it back into a full system.

the city might end up rebuilding the lines running under the driveway if they cracked from roots.

so the problem is solved. at least for now.
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the problem has been fixed. The storm drain system for the house drains into a sump which is then routed into another sump in the middle of the driveway. This sump is consider a city sump as it is used by multiple houses. It then drains down my driveway into the main city system. The line going down the main city system was blocked. It has never been cleaned since (at least) we owned the house (20+ years).

the water came back up through the storm drain so a sump pump wouldn't have helped. It would have just pumped it back into a full system.

the city might end up rebuilding the lines running under the driveway if they cracked from roots.

so the problem is solved. at least for now.


A sump or a dry well, if your storm drains drain into a sump in your house that is a big no no and I wouldn't have anything in the basement if thats the case, I would still look into a sump pump and a dry well to dump it into so you never go through that situation again.
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A sump or a dry well, if your storm drains drain into a sump in your house that is a big no no and I wouldn't have anything in the basement if thats the case, I would still look into a sump pump and a dry well to dump it into so you never go through that situation again.

The sump is not in the house. It is beside the house. I'm really not sure what is needed. The system used right now has not failed in at least ~25 years. The weeping tile was replaced maybe 15 years ago. But where I live when it really rains it does for 20+days straight. There is also no pumps in this system. It is all gravity feed. I live on a very big hill so drainage is typically not an issue. Here is a pic of the sump when it flooded.



That sump is about 6 feet deep with the drains about 5 feet deep.

Here is where it meets the city line.



Then it continues about 250 feet down the driveway. This 250' stretch is where it was plugged. Adding another sump would still have to feed into this line as there would be nowhere else for it to go.

Either way, it has been a good system for the last 25 years, as long as the city cleans the line properly this will be a non-issues. And everything is being covered by our insurance.

Here is a picture of the room in it's deconstructed state. From the 'bedroom' looking into the main room.



and looking from the main room into the bedroom.

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