Originally Posted by BRAD S
Just wanted to pass along to the group I had a sump pump failure and had quite a bit of water in my basement as a result of 4+ inches of rain last night. Just makes me sick. For those of you who have visited, my entire basement 2,048 sf had water in it. Over an inch standing in my bathroom alone. Not sure the extent of the damage but pretty sure I'll be removing all the base trim, carpet, pad, Dricore. In the theater: carpet, pad, Dricore, stage, 4,000# of sand, riser to get to the insulation which is surely soaked. I am optimistic about the shell of the theater but time will tell.
Pretty down right now and I really don't think I have "Theater Part 2" in me if it comes to that.
Oh no! I'm SO sorry to hear that, Brad. That really, really sucks. I wish I was back in Iowa and could run up for the day to give you a hand with the cleanup.
Not that you want to hear any advice at this point, and you're probably already exploring your options... But, after a buddy had the same thing happen, we talked through all the possible failure modes and we came up with the following countermeasures to combat water intrusion in his midwest basement:
- auxiliary (backup) sump pump in case the first fails
- dual battery backups, one for each sump pump, in case of power outage
- sump water depth alarm (with local audible alarm and remote notification) so you know immediately if the water starts getting too high in case of power or pump failure.
- Have a spare sump pump handy on the shelf.
- Have a heavy-duty inverter on the shelf (if the battery backup doesn't have an aux battery input) and go grab a battery from one of the cars if the power is out for an extended period.
Given what's at stake, and the absolute nightmare of dealing with it (I'm so sorry!), and the relatively small expense, I'd employ all of the above.
I hope you can get things all cleaned up to your satisfaction without too much trouble.
Again, so sorry you're dealing with this.