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An unexpected workout

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

We had a torrential downpour after dinner - we sat in our living room marveling at the sound of rain pounding on our siding. Until the husband shouted for help from the basement. The kids and I rushed downstairs, and found the husband frantically bailing water from the basement floor into the sink. The kids and I took over while he searched for the source. Fortunately the water wasn't backing up from the drain. Instead, it was gushing from near the basement ceiling.

The husband went outside and theoried that the rain was being directed by the patio into our basement, due to settling of the stones and inadequate rocks/dirt packing underneath. So he went digging for dirt to pack underneath/beneath the patio stones and voila! the streaming of the water into our basement slowed to a trickle. We managed to bail out most of the water and I finished off by mopping the basement.

No significant damage since what came in was clean rainwater, and with our group bailing it never got higher than a few inches, and we managed to move the more absorbent articles before the water rose much. I'm going to put on my rose-colored glasses and consider this nature making us exercise!
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  • PJDANIELS
    Wow, thank goodness your husband discovered it before it was a disaster. So good on you, seeing the positive. Got some exercise and you all worked together. Not a bad deal.
    2135 days ago
  • TWEETYKC00
    You are lucky to have found it so fast so it didn't get bad.
    2135 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    fast thinking and fast hands!! I am happy for you.
    2135 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    What a great attitude you have, Bemused! If that happened at my house (even though we don't have a basement), I'm not sure I would have been so calm. So glad you didn't experience significant damage!

    A lot of SparkPeople, from a lot of different places, are writing about downpours. Lots of rain falling over there in North America. Take care and stay safe!
    2135 days ago
  • SOOZIEQUE55
    Glad you were able to fix the problem before it got too deep. Keep an eye on the basement to make sure you don't have any mold develop. Maybe plan on mopping and wiping with a bleach solution to disinfect the area. I would suggest a careful inspection along the entire side of the house where the patio is to make sure that there aren't any other surprise areas. Good luck emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2135 days ago
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