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Old 05-15-2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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I have been looking for a flood control system. Does anyone know about this which equipment to buy or not buy?
What kind of catch basin is the better one to get?
Where to buy everything in my area?

After looking into this some companies want $7-8000.00 to install
But they don't offer everything as in

Backup pump
Backup battery
3 check valves with ground ( grass level)clean out each

Then they want to service it. Or they won't install it.
I am not trusting some bottom level employee.....
It does not rocket science to connect pipes

IMO if I am going to spend $8k I want everything top of line
Also has anyone done this install them selfs?
The hardest thing for me would be digging the hole
What are the do's and dont's?
I bought this house jan 1 2012 no one told me that is a flood zone on heavy rain storms from 3 inches to knee deep!!!
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:36 PM   #2
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If your really in a flood zone, meaning the whole yard is under water, not just a basement that's leaking that should have been disclosed before you bought the house.
Going to have to clear somethings up before and one can suggest something.
Is it the whole area outside that floods, or just the basement?

Post some pictures of the outside of the house.

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If your really in a flood zone, meaning the whole yard is under water, not just a basement that's leaking that should have been disclosed before you bought the house.
Going to have to clear somethings up before and one can suggest something.
Is it the whole area outside that floods, or just the basement?

Post some pictures of the outside of the house.
It's only the basement from what I am told.
The past rain falls have flooded the curb but not my basement or grass I have no foundation leaks.

I am told when city sewer over fills ( on Heavy rain falls) we get flooded
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If there's no leaks in the basement then where's the water coming from?
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If there's no leaks in the basement then where's the water coming from?
I am trying to avoid getting flooded......It's only time till we get a heavy rain fall..when I bought this house the basement was a dungeon. I framed, ran plumping, installed 5 6 panel oak doors, a theater room ect....if I do flood I would loos to much stuff...



What I was thinking..let me know what yous think

Install 3 of these ( pic) back to back inside a catch basin with 2 sub pumps 2 backup batteries with 2 clean outs

The line up

From house 1 clean out , 1 tee ( as a sender to pumps) 3 check valves ( I will be able to clean out from grass level) 1 clean out, 1 tee ( as a sender to city sewer)

Inside under ground basin 2 sub pumps with a shelf for 2 backup batteries in case power fail.

The only thing I need help on is what size should be the sub pumps as in horse power

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Old 05-16-2012, 09:34 AM   #6
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You just need to be able to pump the water out faster than it comes in.

Can you get by with no toilets or drains on the basement level? A basement laundry sink drain or laundry drain standpipe could be capped manually if flooding is predicted. You would have to invent something that doesn't pop off ift here is some pressure behind a sewer backup.)

You can put check valves in the main drain out to the street but they are not foolproof since debris can hold them ajar.

You might get some good ideas for flood control systems from your neighbors.
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You just need to be able to pump the water out faster than it comes in.

Can you get by with no toilets or drains on the basement level? A basement laundry sink drain or laundry drain standpipe could be capped manually if flooding is predicted. You would have to invent something that doesn't pop off ift here is some pressure behind a sewer backup.)

You can put check valves in the main drain out to the street but they are not foolproof since debris can hold them ajar.

You might get some good ideas for flood control systems from your neighbors.
I did talk with my neighbors one guy spent $7k on a flood control system. The installer didn't install a check valve nor a backup battery. Well power went out and he flooded....I have owned this house since jan.1 2012. I have not had a flood yet. And yes It did rain. I am told it floods here and it's get flooded enough that FEMA was on my block helping everyone.

All the flood systems I have been looking at have 2 check valves and 1 sub pump
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Which one of these are better to use and clean out

Both are check valves
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I'll ask the question again. Where is the water coming from? The systems you are showing may help if the problem is water coming back up the sewer/drain pipes.
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If your entire house is under water due to a backed up river or lake, no sump pump on the face of the earth is going to help, because there is not going to be any place to pump the water to. If the problem is backed up storm drains, you still have an issue, since the normal place to connect the outlet of the sump pump to is the storm drainage system.

In order to formulate a plan, you need to describe very carefully and completely exactly what your situation is. How high do you expect the water to get? What is the expected source of the water? Where do you plan to pump to during a flood? The required horsepower of a pump depends on the total head you need to pump against, and the required flow rate. The head is relatively easy to estimate, that is the vertical distance up you need to pump plus the frictional losses. The rate is much harder to estimate, that depends on the quantity of water coming in.
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I'll ask the question again. Where is the water coming from? The systems you are showing may help if the problem is water coming back up the sewer/drain pipes.
As I have posted befor heavy rains cause city of chicago to flood our basements
From the lowest drains in any basement ( my case the drains on my basement floor)

Also I have stated befor I have not had a flood since I bought this house on 1/1/12. Everyone I meet ( my new neighbors ) all warn me about the flooding also I am the seconded house off the corner so I will get more water due to the grade of street main sewer is on my corner.
We had some rain falls already and the curb street was a pond thank god no flooding.

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As I have posted befor heavy rains cause city of chicago to flood our basements
From the lowest drains in any basement ( my case the drains on my basement floor)
OK, I must have missed this in your post in this thread. Anyway, if the water is coming in thru the floor drain a check valve should help. If the drain is not needed I would simply cap off the drain and put a sump pump in a pit in the corner. Has anyone confronted the city about this to see if they have solution?
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OK, I must have missed this in your post in this thread. Anyway, if the water is coming in thru the floor drain a check valve should help. If the drain is not needed I would simply cap off the drain and put a sump pump in a pit in the corner. Has anyone confronted the city about this to see if they have solution?
Far as I know yes they told them to install a flood control system

Almost every other house has one but some still flood. I have looked at their flood control systems and i am taking notes who has what. And why some still flood. So when I start mine I have everything they have also what they don't have....

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