We have a bay window with a French Drain just outside. We used to have gutters and a large downspout that drained into the French Drain, but during roof replace in 2002 the workers damaged the gutters when they removed them to replace the decking. We have not yet had the money to replace them.

As an intermediate step, we dug out the area to allow the water to drain directly into the drain and we keep that area clear. We removed any wood that may have been placed as decorative to allow any water to drain away.

We live on a hill and have not gotten water in before this storm. The house has never had a flood claim since being built in 1979.

We have a slab foundation and vinyl plank flooring adhered to the slab.

Harvey dumped almost 52" of rain at our home, almost half that in a few hours one night. Which is when we noticed water seeping in under the baseboards at the bay window.

We dammed the area with every towel we own and I spent a sleepless night mopping up all the water, filling my 2.5 gallon bucket twice, and sopping up any water that seeped out of that area with the towels.

The following night we had just a tiny bit of water get in.

My suspicion is that the water came in through the weep holes because the French Drain wasn't large enough to handle the amount of water that it needed to handle. Our neighbor's French Drain attaches to ours outside the fence line. Theirs backed up. Ours may have as well, although we had scoped out any dirt that may have managed to get into the main drain and our shunt before the storm hit in preparation.

My question is two-fold.

1) There is wainscoting paneling and a baseboard on the interior wall of the bay window. Should I pull that to dry things out? And how?

2) What else should I be looking for?!

[Area of Damage] (https://i.stack.imgur.com/JudZT.jpg)

In the photo there is some discoloration near the floor. There is also a "ripple" in the panel. Those were there before the storm. I think they showed up after we had galvanized pipe burst in the house in 2012.

  • Can you add photos? On the plus side, the kind of rain you have seen is not common. Can you confirm the drain is functioning again? From what you have said thus far, it does sound like the water came in because it had nowhere else to go (easily). Its not a bad idea to get the baseboard off and a fan on the area to dry it out. If you dont own an assortment of prybars and small screwdrivers (Home Depot has them, like screw drivers that have a "scraper" on the end). Start at a outside corner, work your way in, gently, little at a time. This only works if it is nailed on. – noybman Sep 4 '17 at 23:34
  • Which part would you like photos of? I will certainly attempt to attach them. – Donna Mixon Sep 4 '17 at 23:42
  • Mainly the drain in reference to the window area. A picture of the inner wall that the water was coming in from would help if you want further guidance on how (and if) you should remove anything. BTW, Ultimately I think you can leave the paneling, but getting the molding off will tell us. – noybman Sep 4 '17 at 23:45
  • Photo isnt clickable, if you use tinypic/imgur/photobucket it could be. If the wall was already damaged, are you looking to do a repair? Get a fan in the area either way, to help it dry. I would remove the baseboard on the outer edged, then the inner piece, to help it dry even better. You will also see the status under it, but it would allow more air inside. (assuming it is nailed) – noybman Sep 5 '17 at 1:07
  • We aren't too concerned with repairing previous damage yet. It may be folded into the cost of repairing the storm damage, but we aren't clear yet. No one has made it out because much of the area is still under water. I will go to Home Depot tomorrow and get the tools and pull the baseboards, though. I don't want mold. – Donna Mixon Sep 5 '17 at 3:41

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