We had A LOT of rain here: Six inches in 48 hours. In a previous post I had talked about the general flooding we had in the county.  We had flooding here at the homeplace too, in the basement and garage although it was not as bad as it could be .

When we built that garage we had put in a bathroom.  We knew that we were going to need it when we lived in it.  We also felt that it would be a good place to clean up from a day working out in the garden or woods, less of the outside getting tracked inside the house, once it was completed.

One of the ways they tend to pour concrete here is to box out an open space for where the plumbing will go, specifically under the fiberglass slip-in shower stall.  This is typically below grade.  I’m not sure why they just don’t concrete the whole thing, other than if you need to get to the pipes you will have to bust up the concrete.  You’d have to do that with the other part of the pipes that are under the concrete anyway, so why not this part?  Maybe because the fiberglass tends to flex and cause leaks under it?  I don’t know.  At any rate, this hole collects water when it rains more than three inches at a time.  We get to be on flood watch for the better part of a day bilging out water.  Over 16 hours I’d say several hundred gallons.  The french drain that was (finally) put in diverts thousands upon thousands of gallons.  Thank God for it!

Water filling up the ‘hole’ under the shower.

This is in the basement.  If it wasn’t for the french drain above the garage, I think our basement would have taken on a lot of water and possibly done damage by the force of the water pushing though these cracks.  It’s not a nice feeling seeing your basement actively taking in water, even this small amount.

Can this be fixed? I honestly don’t know.  The only thing I have ever heard of is people using an epoxy to paint on the concrete and it blocks out water.  We will do our research and hopefully find a good and permanent solution to this problem.

Here is water adjacent to the house that is finding it’s exit point.  This is very close to the footer.


This is other water traveling to it’s exit point but following the footer.  Notice where the french drain is.  It’s in the wrong place!  It should be on top of that concrete shelf (footer).  This is probably part of the reason why we had some water seepage into the basement.  Fundamental basics of construction that my concrete guy and builder missed. IMG_2692