Rain Causes Problems for Mid-Michigan Homeowners

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

After a month in Florida, Mike Greenbauer came home to a flooded basement.

"With all that rain we've had it's just been terrible," he said.

Water is pouring right out of the wall and onto his basement floor. To stop it he called up Stay Dry Basement Waterproofing but they're so swamped he'll have to wait three weeks.

"We're doing about 15 houses a day right now," said David Brown, the company owner. "The water table is very high."

Here's what's happening. Stormwater builds up underground and it works its way up to where the floor and the wall meet.

"So when the block wall fills up with water it begins to leech in over time," Brown explained. "The wall gets weaker, the mortar joints get weaker and you have water intrusion."

"Just like it's out of a faucet. It's coming right out of there," said Greenbauer.

To prevent your basement from flooding it's a good idea to have a sump pump, maybe even a backup. That's because with this much rain the sump crock can fill right back up.

"So you have two pumps in the crock so if one fails the other will turn on," Brown said.

One inch of rain equals 27,000 gallons of water per acre, enough to damage anything in its path.

"You can lose your carpeting, your furniture, your dry walling, the edges will soak up the water, the wood trim around there," Brown said.

Greenbauer got most his belongings out of the way, so the main cost to him is the cleanup.

"This wall's gonna be torn apart, so it's gonna be a lot of work done to it," he said.

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