Topic Tag: flooding
My roommate and I have shared an English Basement in Petworth for over a year now. However, our apartment recently flooded due to a drainage problem. It cost almost $3000 to clean and repair and now our landlords are trying to charge us the costs of the damage.
They are claiming that it stemmed from flushing tampons (which I seriously doubt for many reasons). And citing the abnormal usage part of our lease to justify this charge.
What do you think? Is the law on our side on this one? What steps can we take to protect ourselves?
We renovated our basement a few years ago after dealing with a flooding problem by installing a life-saving french drain system that has been great. The electric sump pump comes on when the water table rises…and we haven’t had a drop in the basement since.
However, the system is 100% dependent on having power to run the sump pump, and I am concerned about big storms that might knock out the power for even a few hours (or days), thus no sump pump.
I’ve contemplated generators and also battery-powered sump pumps, but came across a “Water Powered Back-Up Sump Pump” (see link below) that simply uses water pressure to run a back up pump in case of a power outage. It’s cheap, looks easy to install, and only requires “an uninterrupted municipal water source to operate”.
So my question is…any reason why DC water might get cut off in the case of a storm or power outage? Anybody have any good/bad experiences with a sump pump of this kind?
Today’s heavy rains brought to light two unrelated issues in my Mt. Pleasant rowhouse. I’d love suggestions for people/companies to contact to fix either or both problems!
1. The basement is underground and has a door that opens to an outdoor stairwell that leads you to ground level. At the bottom of the outdoor stairwell is a drain. On days with heavy rain, the drain can’t keep up with the amount of water pooling at the bottom of the stairwell and it flows under the basement door and into the basement.
We’ve had the drain snaked and have sand bags against the door, but water still gets through during a prolonged heavy rain.
I’m not sure whether I need (1) a plumber to do something to the drain, or (2) a contractor to replace or otherwise better seal the bottom of the door, or (3) both, or (4) some other solution entirely. Thoughts/suggestions very appreciated!
2. I noticed today that the roof of our front porch is leaking in several places. I don’t see any obvious holes in the tar on the top of the roof, but they must be there! Suggestions for someone who can repair the porch roof, which has wood slats on the underside that need to be preserved?
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