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epy 07-30-2007 02:04 PM

walk up basement
HELP!!!!!!!! we had a driving rain for hrs yesterday,we have a walk up basement with a drain at the bottom of the stairs in front of the outside french door into our familyroom.We get debris that collects at the bottom of the stairs and when it rains the drain gets clogged.Yesterday this happened and water backed up into our family room soaking our carpet (about a 3x4' area.) what can we do to prevent this from happening again? luckily we were home or it would have been a much worse senario.

Cement Man 07-30-2007 08:47 PM

I might be able to help you but I am confused as to where the drain is and is it outside or inside? If it is inside how does the water get there?

epy 07-31-2007 12:51 PM

the drain is outside at the bottom of the walk up

jogr 08-02-2007 12:02 PM

It's really a poor design that will always cause problems. You are relying totally on a drain that clogs easily because it's at the bottom of an area that naturally collects leaves, dirt and debris. Make sure your stairwell walls end well above grade so no surface water runs into the well. Make sure you have gutters on the house that direct water away from the stairwell area. And check that drain constantly to keep it clear.

drh1223 03-08-2008 08:17 AM

walk up basement
Good morning:

Where do I buy a beehive strainer suitable for stairwell drain. The drain is recessed and covered by an iron grate. The drain pipe's diameter is 3 inches. The iron grate's diameter is 6 inches and is flush with the stairwell floor. The grate is not a perfect circle. About 20% of its circumference is flat ... as in a wheel with a flat spot.

Thank you.


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