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    basement flooded in urbandale

    well. Has anyone elses basement flooded because of the rain. Our backyard had water 3 ft high. All the water just came in our yard cause were at the bottom of a hill. It took forever to get our ***** out of the basement. It was like a waterfall coming through the windows. Did this happen to anyone else



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    Re: basement flooded in urbandale

    Your not alone, I just finished up building a house in Clive and I had 30 year guarantee waterproofing installed but I am still getting water where the foundation walls meet the floor and up through the saw cuts in the floor (glad the basement isn't finished yet). I will be contacting the waterproofing company monday morning but rains like this may never come again (hopefully).



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    Re: basement flooded in urbandale

    The amount of rain we are getting is going to test any basement. I've expecting to get water in mine and, as of this morning, still nothing.


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    Re: basement flooded in urbandale

    My parents are renting a house out in Des Moines that had its basement flooded from the last big storm. I'm afraid to see what it'll be like after this one..


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    Re: basement flooded in urbandale

    So far nothing in ours - but the ground falls away from our house in all places but one - the back patio. And there we have a drain connected to a PVC pipe that takes the water away from the house.



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    Re: basement flooded in urbandale

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    So far nothing in ours - but the ground falls away from our house in all places but one - the back patio. And there we have a drain connected to a PVC pipe that takes the water away from the house.
    That is somewhat how ours is as well. Our house was "forced" into being a walkout. And they did this by building up the front with a steep drive and sloping front yard so that the backyard could be a walkout. So all of the yard slopes away from the house with the back not being below grade at all. We also have buried gutters with reliefs out away from the house. I checked the sump and it has water but not enough to kick on yet.


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    Re: basement flooded in urbandale

    Right now I'm glad I live on a hill. Our sump pump is mostly decorative. I just have to worry about our exposure to lightning, tornados, and high winds in general with no wind breaks on the south side of our house.



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    Re: basement flooded in urbandale

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    That is somewhat how ours is as well. Our house was "forced" into being a walkout. And they did this by building up the front with a steep drive and sloping front yard so that the backyard could be a walkout. So all of the yard slopes away from the house with the back not being below grade at all. We also have buried gutters with reliefs out away from the house. I checked the sump and it has water but not enough to kick on yet.
    Ours is exactly like that. Our lot was a borderline daylight that was "converted" to a walkout. So the back patio is below ground level - hence the drain at the end of the patio. We have 2 of our 5 downspouts tiled out as well - I plan to do 2 more later on - the other one is fine as it's in our rock bed.

    I feel for all those with water problems. I can't imagine walking downstairs to see my basement flooded. It would literally make me sick.



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    Re: basement flooded in urbandale

    I'm finishing my basement right now, and no water...thank god. I am on the high side of Ankeny though. This is why you don't buy your house from Regency......(poor engineering practices when it came to storm water design)

    Somebody said that any basement will be tested right now? No way should a new basement or even a basement poured in the past 15 years should have issues with it. The two problems are:

    A) Lazy contractors pouring your basement
    B) Lazy engineers with poor engineering practices to get storm water away from your house.

    People shouldn't assume that nature causes or this thing happens. If you live in a new development these things shouldn't be an issue, and its bad that cities are signing off on it.



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    Re: basement flooded in urbandale

    the water from the heavy rain thursday had just stopped seeping in but its seeping in again now. the ground is just too saturated. nothing standing but wet carpet and some random puddles where there isn't carpet. mostly comes through the floor I think.


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    Re: basement flooded in urbandale

    Quote Originally Posted by jpete24 View Post
    I'm finishing my basement right now, and no water...thank god. I am on the high side of Ankeny though. This is why you don't buy your house from Regency......(poor engineering practices when it came to storm water design)

    Somebody said that any basement will be tested right now? No way should a new basement or even a basement poured in the past 15 years should have issues with it. The two problems are:

    A) Lazy contractors pouring your basement
    B) Lazy engineers with poor engineering practices to get storm water away from your house.

    People shouldn't assume that nature causes or this thing happens. If you live in a new development these things shouldn't be an issue, and its bad that cities are signing off on it.
    When I worked for a landscaping company in eastern IA a few years ago you wouldn't believe how many calls we would get from people with brand new houses where the "grading" that was done was running all the water right towards their house. The worst one I saw all the soil under their sidewalk had washed out turning their sidewalk into a bridge.



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    Re: basement flooded in urbandale

    So far no water, I think our sump pump has been running every 5 min all morning. The crazy thing is, before today, I cannot remember the last time I heard the sump.


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    Re: basement flooded in urbandale

    I don't believe I've heard ours run - ever. Not sure if it would be loud enough for me to notice while upstairs.



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    Re: basement flooded in urbandale

    We spent the morning carrying water out of our basement. The drain at the bottom of our basement was backing up from all the water coming down overnight. We managed to get ahead earlier and the rain is still coming down pretty good now but it looks like we are alright as of now.



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    Re: basement flooded in urbandale

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    I don't believe I've heard ours run - ever. Not sure if it would be loud enough for me to notice while upstairs.
    You might want to go dump in some water and see if it runs sometime. Better to find out before hand than later on.

    I usually just run my dehumidifier into the sump, then it turns on once a month.


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