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Question DetailsAsked on 6/25/2012

How do you prevent water from entering an basement OSE when there is a drain already right outside the door?

Twice now our basement has flooded after heavy rain. The first time the drain outside the basement's entrance was clogged with leaves and debris. We cleaned it out completely and haven't had a problem until we had a torrential downpour last night. This time the flooding is much worse. 30 gallons of water removed so far.

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My thoughts would involve perhaps having a Roter Rooter drain cleaning service attack the outside drain. Where does it drain to? If it goes into an interior sump pit check sump motor by putting water in it. More likely it connects to sanitary sewer line which may be illegal but probably never will be detected and when cleaned out ,, your problem is solved. When you say cleaned it out completely. Did you run lots of water to confirm it was draining? Perhaps taking a garden hose and checking, Other conditions can be a leaky basement and other solutions apply. You could observe the leaking if the clogged drain is not the problem.


Answered 8 years ago by jccasper

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