had a bit of a disaster last week. some big rains rolled through the area on wednesday night/thursday morning. i had placed an order with the gutter guy but to get a matching downspout color, it was going to take a few days to get the materials and likely not be ready until next week (this week). so these storms roll through and water is just pouring into the hole for the window well. first round was around midnight. water filled up the hole to slightly above the sill plate. some water leaked in around the gaps and got on the floor. not a huge deal but i would rather not have the framing getting wet. the water subsided, i mopped it up and put the dehumidifier near it.
next round hit about 4 am. much heavier. water rose in the pit again until it was up on the glass. it got about 4" up on the glass and i was getting nervous it would break the glass. woke the wife up and she mopped inside while i ran outside to bail the hole out. good grief. rain let up, water receded but the water had piled sand all over the thing. i was too dirty and annoyed to go back to bed so i took a shower and went to work. more storms were forecast for thursday and i was racking my brain trying to come up with a solution. finally got an idea to use an extension ladder with some plywood cut to width and laid across the rungs, to create a flume of sorts i could set near the roof valley to take the bulk of the water away. i had to head home around 8 am to take the kids to school and figured i would take care of all this then.
pulled into the driveway and was pleasantly surprised to see the gutter guy there! downspout got in early and he knew i had a big hole so wanted to take care of me first thing before more storms rolled in. this is certainly a better solution than my flume idea! guys were crazy fast. 45 minutes from putting the rig in park to driving away. and just in time for the next cell to roll through. it was when i took the kids to school so i ran home afterward to see how things looked. looking out the basement window, you couldn't even tell it was raining. downspout was like a fire hydrant on the side of the house.
so one crisis averted, if only a day too late...