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How can polyethylene sheeting and polyurethane foam create a watertight seal for a garage door?

A fellow who weathered Hurricane Matthew indicated that it's possible to keep flood water out of the garage by utilizing polyethylene sheeting and polyurethane foam. Is this possible? If so, how?
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How can I determine the source of a basement flood?

My basement flooded recently and I'm trying to determine why. The basement has poured foundation walls and a slab. The slab is non-structural, and was poured after the foundation walls. There is a ...
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My house is flooding and I have things plugged into an extension cord that is getting wet what do I do

I'm freaking out because the extension cord that has a lot of things plugged into it is on the floor this whole place is concrete floors and it's flooding or sleeping in and it's right there right ...
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Is it normal to have flooding in basement after radon mitigation system installed?

I have been experiencing flooding in my basement. I think the water is coming from the pipe installed in slab for radon mitigation. I don't believe the basement was flooding before (I just closed on ...
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Foundation flooding caused by new septic line

We've been living in our house for 10 years, and a few years after moving in our sewer line began backing up every 6 months or so. Each time, we'd have to pay a plumber to come in a "roto root" or ...
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Does Homeowner's Insurance Typically Cover A Broken Well?

My well is horizontally fed through a wall in my foundation. It recently rained a lot and I believe the pipe that feeds my well has been cracked. I had to cut the power to my well pump in order to ...
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Should I leave a treeline to mitigate flooding in my backyard?

I have a 1942 colonial near Hartford, CT. It is a corner lot, and one of the streets I am on recently experienced a flash flood. Our house stayed dry, but we saw water up to three feet in the street ...
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How to put up a very small barrier on concrete to stop water running past it

I have a concrete driveway that leads to the garage, with a very slight slope towards the garage. When it really rains hard, the water comes down into the garage. I don't want a very high barrier, ...
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How should I address water seeping into basement?

I just bought a house that was built in the early fifties, with an unfinished basement. Recently, after a heavy rainfall, some water leaked into certain parts of the basement (see photos). This is a ...
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How do I attach gutters to a french drain, does the perforated pipe need to run entire distance?

We have an ongoing problem with water pooling in a pseudo gulley between my house and my neighbors house. We have water that drains from the backyards to this area, along with two gutter roof drainage ...
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Time Frame For Dealing With Flooded Carpet

I hope this question is appropriate to this Stack. My elderly mother lives alone in a townhouse with a basement, since my father passed about six months ago. This morning, the basement experienced ...
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Mold in basement

I recently bought a condo and noticed that there was what appears to be a dark colored mold growing on this gypsum board that is bolted to the cement foundation in my basement. On the top of the ...
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Adding a indoor concrete ramp to existing concrete

My plan is to build a mold (by building a shallow wooden box, made to support putting a sheet of aluminum inside to create the curve) and fill it (upside down of course) with concrete to create what ...
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Small geyser coming out of the basement floor

My house is 40 years old. I have had basement flooding issues for years. With heavy rain, water comes out of my floors. I have a sump pump that takes care of it. Despite knowing better, Ive been able ...
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rainwater entering doorway below driveway

I have converted garage with door way about 4 inches below the driveway. Previous owner left this issue for me. My questions is i want to cut into concrete to create drainage system, french drain ...
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Is there a type of pump or device that will sit on a flooded floor and quietly suck up a puddle of water?

There is a slow leak in our finished basement - it should be fixed eventually but we are looking for an interim solution to a constant puddle of water in the middle of the floor. Floor is ceramic ...
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New home owner with water problem

Our house was built in the the 80s, and sometime after that they converted the garage into a new living space, and added a new garage. I live below a flood plain, and have water coming into the house ...
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How can flood water come in through a toilet?

Video on Facebook Fredrick Maryland is experiencing severe flooding and one home owner has flood water gushing in the house through the toilet. You can view the video from the Facebook link above. ...
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Flooding In New Construction Building

This weekend, water was observed flowing up, through the floor and through other joints, into the building - making a swimming pool we didn't ask for! Some Background We currently have a project ...
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Is it safe to enable a service panel that has been recently flooded?

My breaker panel started gushing water during a storm. Is it safe for us to turn it on now that it's over? Does it need to be replaced? Will we get electrocuted if we turn it on while it's still wet ...
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Using sodium polyacrylate to clean flooded homes

In the aftermath of Kerala, India, floods, videos are circulating advising people to buy cheap Sodium Polyacrylate and apply it to the layer of mud or standing water deposited. How good/bad is this ...
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Basement window coverup leaking

This house is in need of a lot of work. The biggest problem I have right now is the basement flooding. Had new gutters put in in the past month which helped a little but my biggest issue now is where ...
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Can a wet vac be effectively used as a pump?

Can a wet vac effectively be used as a pump to move water? I figure if a basement floods, that this can serve as double duty.
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Basement Flooding suddenly. It looks like I have a French drain. Why is it still flooding?

I recently bought a house and for the first month+, there was absolutely no water in the basement. All of a sudden one day, I go downstairs and there are puddles! I look and see that the water is ...
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How do I stop water entering from where the stack meets the wall in the basment?

I just bought a house and everything in it is fine. Untill the other day when there was water in the basment. I initially thought it was related to the washer but I found out it was coming from the ...
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Building a basement at or below water level?

Is there a method for building a basement that would be at or slightly below water level? We have a home that is built roughly 50 feet from a creek that's generally dry during spring and summer ...
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Landscaping - How to Correct Heavily Flooded Yard

I live on a fairly small urban lot (~3100sq/ft) and have been having issues with water pooling in my backyard. Recently during a very large rainfall this caused my basement to flood. I'm going to be ...
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Where can I move my electric panel

March 15, 2018 -- I have lived in my tiny, 1 ½ story house in Boston since 1994, and I want to upgrade my electrical panel from 100 amps to 200 amps. The current panel is located in my basement, ...
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Mystery: Water vanished from flooded basement with no floor drain

I live on a century old home whose unfinished basement got flooded this week. We had heavy rainfall which overwhelmed the city's storm sewer. At a certain point there were about two inches of water ...
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Elevating a water heater to avoid damage during flooding

I have read another thread concerning the elevation of electric water heaters but nothing seemed to address my particular situation: I live on a barrier island and it floods here every couple of ...
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Sewage water draining behind home below walk out deck?

At my girlfriend's mom's house she purchased last year. It's an older home built in the 50's. They are having drainage problems and flooding in the walk out area below grade (see pictures). We popped ...
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What to do about water under interlocking floor?

I started a load of laundry and apparently the drain tube had come out and it ran most of the water from the load onto the floor.. We have the interlocking floor tiles but there are gaps and in a ...
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Solving active sump issues

We bought our 20 year old house in Fishers, IN (northeast Indy suburb) this past summer. Three days after moving in, we had the last of the bad summer storms. One of the pumps in our Triple Safe sump ...
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What considerations need to be taken when building a lakefront property?

I'm in the process of evaluating a lake-front lot in my city in hopes of building my next home there. The lot is on a small peninsula as seen on google maps here. I briefly talked to a friend of mine ...
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Should i remove wainscoting to allow flooded walls to dry out?

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 ...
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How to shave down or flatten - surface concrete of garage - rain water leaking in under door

I have a garage floor - the floor in the garage has sunken leaving the area at the exterior foundation wall - Entrance - to sit up higher like a nice ramp which makes a perfect Rain Water collection ...
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We're in the middle of a(n epic) flood. Why won't my toilet flush?

Apologies if this isn't exactly on topic, but I found Why will my toilet not flush after it rains or when ground is wet here, and my question is similar, so hopefully I can get a response. I live in ...
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Can property changes be made to change flood zone determination?

About a year after I originally purchased my home, FEMA sent me a notice that they had updated their maps and decided I was in a flood zone and needed to pay flood insurance. I've been paying ever ...
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How do I keep runoff rain from flooding my carport?

Once the drain and ditches fill up in front of my property, water comes all the way down carport and leaves approx.a 2 inch water line around foundation and steps. City tells me it's a county problem,...
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Increasing grade next to house

Our house is built into a small hill, leaving a section of our basement exposed with both a small garage and a people door leading to the driveway. There are several (3-4) courses of block above the ...
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garage flooding [closed]

My house is on a steep hill. When it rains the garage floods. I have a concrete floor that is on a slope so need some way to divert the water that floods from the back of the garage down to the front.
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Washing machine hose backing up and overflowing AFTER septic tank has been emptied

A few months ago, my washer started overflowing from the pvc pipe. A friend who's very well versed at plumbing cut the PVC pipe, snaked it and there was nothing blocking it. He pulled the cap off the ...
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What type of sump pump back up systems are available?

I have just about completed all the work to finish my basement. I know, not a great time to think about this, but when I bought the home there was zero water in it and didn't think the winter would ...
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Replacing a crawl space with concrete slab

I have a 1970 rental house that is prone to flooding the crawlspace approximately 1 week a year. To clarify, the whole section of land, yard, and streets are under a foot or more of water, due to ...
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Sump Pump issues - both died and constant pit filling

Looking for some advice on a very unfortunately timed breakdown. Came home tonight to see some wet spots on the basement concrete near some cracks and looked over to see the sump put filled right to ...
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Front yard flooding, drainage help needed

[Front yardThe front of my yard faces the main road, which is on a higher grade than my driveway. My driveway dips for the first approx. 5 feet, then dips back up towards my garage, this causes water ...
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Ejector Pit & Sump Pit Combined - Whats a good backup option?

Here in Chicago we have a combined sewer and storm drain system - as a result it's not uncommon to have sump pits and ejector pits combined - which is the case in my basement. The ejector then handles ...
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My house's perimeter drain system is full of water, why might that be and how do I fix it?

It's been raining light to medium for the past 12 hours and this morning while I was walking around outside the house, I noticed that this drain tube, which I believe runs around the perimeter of the ...
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Mold on drywall. Should I clean-up or replace?

Apartment next door got flooded and some water sipped underneath the wall. The floor buckled and had to be replaced. After removing floor trim I discovered some mold under the baseboard. I cut out a ...
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Why did my basement start flooding while replacing sump pump?

The Setup Last June, we bought a 16 year old townhouse with a finished basement; the sump pump was broken at least since March, when we first saw the house, but I suspect it was broken for a much ...