Friday, March 02, 2007

Draining The Basement

Thursday began stormy. Fortunately (for us), all the really severe weather was to our north. We did get some rain though, about .4" of and inch according to our rain gauge. Our ground is so saturated that even such a little bit of rain caused minor flooding in the basement. It also filled the "ditch" in the unfinished side of the basement, so that it needed to be drained. Actually, I siphon the water out of the ditch. That's one good thing about living in a place so hilly: There's almost always some place that is downhill.

The piece of wood stuck in the end of the hose works as an orifice. If I let the water run through the hose unrestricted, it quickly drains the ditch and loses the siphon. Then, because water is still seeping into the ditch, it refills. I've got a couple of short sections of dowel rod with different size holes drilled in them that I use to try and keep the water outflow only slightly ahead of the water inflow.

We had a fairly gusty south wind blowing later in the day on Thursday; hence, the bent water stream.