7/19/08

Basement Progress...

We are choosing paint colors today for the basement. They determined we needed new molding, wall repair in spots, a paint job, new carpet padding and will finish with a thorough carpet cleaning. State Farm has been great stepping in to take charge this week. Kudos to our agent for all of his help. I know it has been a busy and difficult year for the insurance industry and repair contractors with all of the endless flooding.

Work starts on Monday and will be completed on the following Monday. We will be out of town in Wisconsin/Michigan, so will miss all of that and hopefully arrive back home to a restored basement and can get back to normal in our house.

The city has jet cleaned the storm sewer lines and is about to repair the collapsed storm sewer line that is 3 lots to our west. It's been an historic year for rainfall and the infrastructure in many towns in Iowa, even the new construction areas were designed using old specifications from the 1940's (6 inch and 8 inch pipe). That's plenty for normal precipitation years, but this year is historic. Not to mention rain, but we are in the middle of a 5 day thunderstorm pattern. Thursday and Friday brought rain, and today through Monday more is expected. July average precipitation in Indianola is 4.22 inches. We had about 5+ inches the night our basement flooded, and have had over 4 more inches since then. It will be interesting to see what the amount is for the entire month of July. At least the grass is green...

I took the sump pump out and did a thorough cleaning of the sump pump pit as well as cleaned the plastic filter on the bottom of the pump. I will add this maintenance routine to my list of things to do every spring and summer season. Got it all hooked back up just in time for another thunderstorm Thursday night where the pump performed flawlessly as two inches of rain fell. Future plans include sloping the dirt away from our house on the east and south sides of the house; installing longer downspouts to divert water away from the foundation of the house; installing a second back-up marine battery powered sump-pump for those occasions when a thunderstorm knocks out power or the primary pump fails. All of those steps should help protect our basement from future flooding. El Nino. Global warming. Whatever it is causing this unusual weather - I want to be prepared in case this happens again.

We're off early tomorrow to Milwaukee and will be in Door County by evening.

2 comments:

Vince said...

Bruce,

You must get the NexPump System. I have one in my basement and it's the best system ever...

Most failsafe sump pump system ever built!!



·Phone call & email notification during emergencies (up to 2 phones and 3 email accounts).



Call & emails when…

pump activations
power outages
low battery
sensor errors
plumbing errors


·Automatic self diagnostic check every 12 hrs (in addition to emergency notifications).

sensor check
pump check
battery check
plumbing check
phone line check


·Battery countdown timer (up to 2 batteries) will run days with no power.



·Submersible Marine pumps designed to even run in saltwater, operate independently (2500 HRS = 20 years).



93 GPM (Industry average 30 GPM).



·3 year warranty (industry 1-2 years)



· Dual Sensors (no sticking floats)



· Primary or backup system



· Compact design can be sealed inside Pit

Vince said...

Bruce,

You must get the NexPump System. I have one in my basement and it's the best system ever...

Most failsafe sump pump system ever built!!



·Phone call & email notification during emergencies (up to 2 phones and 3 email accounts).



Call & emails when…

pump activations
power outages
low battery
sensor errors
plumbing errors


·Automatic self diagnostic check every 12 hrs (in addition to emergency notifications).

sensor check
pump check
battery check
plumbing check
phone line check


·Battery countdown timer (up to 2 batteries) will run days with no power.



·Submersible Marine pumps designed to even run in saltwater, operate independently (2500 HRS = 20 years).



93 GPM (Industry average 30 GPM).



·3 year warranty (industry 1-2 years)



· Dual Sensors (no sticking floats)



· Primary or backup system



· Compact design can be sealed inside Pit