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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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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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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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There is water in my basement and the outdoor sump pump failed. What am I doing wrong?

My house has water problems with the basement. Here's what the entrance to my basement looks like. When I get a really heavy rain storm, water manages to rise up and start seeping in under the door. ...
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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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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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How do I stop backyard from flooding when it rains hard?

Every time it rains hard, my backyard floods. The house is 54 years old, but this didn't start happening until maybe the last 4-5 years or so. Who should I talk to about fixing this problem, and what ...
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What are watertight storage solutions to protect objects from flood water?

Our home is prone to occasional flooding during the rainy season. There was only one time in 26 years where our home was devastated by the flood reaching up to half of the 2nd floor. This destroyed so ...
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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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How do I prevent flood waters from entering my house?

I live in a city where every time a heavy downpour lasts for more than 15 minutes there is flooding everywhere. When the water in the street have no more place to go, it then enters my driveway/patio. ...
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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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Is there a way to remove the mildew smell from under tile without damaging the tile?

We live in a rental. The toilet was leaking when we arrived. Landlord paid for a plumber to do a simple repair, but before that, there was definitely water pooling underneath the tile (and seeping ...
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Flooded HVAC ducts

I own a house (Built in 1966) on a shallow hillside, around which recent rain has caused complete ground saturation. On my bottom floor, which is on a concrete slab, the three floor vents were ...
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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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Can I dig a foundation below flood elevation outside the Floodplain?

Looking for answers from people building foundations near (not in) the 100 year floodplain. Does this trigger a floodplain build permitting process? Am I basically pigeonholed into a monolithic pour ...
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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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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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Sump pump only turns on when I open the lid - working ok?

I noticed some damp patches and mold in our basement recently after some heavy rain so I opened the sump pump lid. When I opened the lid, the water level was at a very high level: However, ...
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how to tell if a remote lot ever floods?

Any way to tell if some remote lots I have ever floods? It's 3 hours away and i've been there a few times and even after rains seems not, but I'd like to be sure. would driving some white wood ...
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How to respond when something floods inside home

The dishwasher flooded and I didn't know what to do. I guess the first step in dealing with a flood is cutting off the source of water, right? I opened up the dishwasher door which caused it to shut ...
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How can I temporarily seal a gap underneath my door to stop water getting in while it's raining?

During heavy rain the water from the drains outside my apartment overflow. The doors have an almost 1 inch gap at the bottom, and the water floods the apartment. How can I seal that door gap ...
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What kinds of contractors deal with basement/foundation flooding/leaks?

Winter is coming to an end. All the snow/ice in my back lawn is thawing. A massive vertical crack has opened in my basement wall (the foundation) and water is hemmoraging in. I tried parging it with ...
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Can a house with moldy, flooded basement be a likely fixer upper?

I recently viewed a vacant house for sale that was nice except that the partially finished basement got flooded just enough to saturate the carpets and cover every piece of drywall, door, and trim ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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What should I do about water filling the excavation for a house's foundation?

I live in Duluth, Minnesota. As stated, I am putting a new foundation on my house. When the contractor was excavating, they hit water. They are constantly pumping this water out. I now have 2 new ...
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How can I prevent flooding in my house when it rains heavily?

My sidewalk slops downward from the street to the house, so when it rains heavily, water comes into the house. Not sure how to fix this situation without it costing an arm and a leg. Any suggestions?
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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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Flood Plain Craziness - Do I really have to listen to the county here?

Question: Preface - I am NOT building in the flood plain. Is the burden of proof on the county to prove i'm not complying with the rules? What is the worst to happen if I simply build a 100% flood ...
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standalone pump options for leaky below-grade room

A friend of mine runs a martial arts studio where his concrete-floored office in the back is slightly below grade and floods every time it rains. I assume that a proper solution would presumably ...
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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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Can I install sheet vinyl flooring in a basement that gets wet on occasion?

Our basement is usually dry, but every so often we have torrential rainstorms in the spring and we are downhill from our neighbors. We get some water overnight in a small stream that we can mop up. ...
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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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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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Transparent screw-on 6" cap for PVC pipe

I got a backwater valve installed in my basement. The water table was high, so I could not use a backwater valve with a see-through cover; I had to use a valve that is typically used for outside ...
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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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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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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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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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Flood prevention in laundry closet

I recently bought a house with the laundry closet upstairs. The washer and dryer were conveyed to us by the sellers. The washer does not have a drain pan underneath it, and as far as I can see, the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Water heater drain pan pump capacity needs?

In the event of water heater failure, I'm considering installing a water heater pan with drain pump per this answer. How can I determine the necessary pump rate? According to the Insurance ...