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Real Estate September 17, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Advice for Plaintiffs in DC Water Hearing?

Hi everyone,

My roommates and I are disputing a bill with DC Water and headed to a hearing with them this month. Our usage has consistently been beneath 10-15 CCFs for more than a year and then one month randomly spiked at 99 CCFs(!). We figured this must have been an error by DC Water’s metering system or something and are prepared to explain that there’s no way we used nearly 75,000 gallons of water in a month.

Does anyone have any suggestions for arguments that work best with DC Water? We’re not lawyers and don’t have one and want to make sure we make our case as clearly and effectively as possible.


Home and Garden January 20, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Water Powered Back-Up Sump Pump – Work in DC?

Hey Folks,

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?

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Home and Garden October 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm

recs to fix basement flooding during rain and leaky porch roof?

Hi all,

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?

Thank you!

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