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Friday, January 22nd, 2010

I'm Diggin' in the Rain

It has been raining here for days, but last night was the worst of it. The space between our neighbors house and ours is all rock. It was flooding, almost to the point of flowing over the sidewalk towards his front door. There is no drainage flow.
Well, there WAS no drainage flow.

While watching some Boomerang I heard a dripping noise. I muted the tv twice and heard nothing. Finally I got up to investigate. I discovered that our return vent was dripping. This was not good. Off to Paul's Richie went to borrow a tall ladder. While inspecting the attic and the vent I asked Richie how the side of the house looked. He didn't really know and was more concerned with the leak inside the house, understandably so. So I checked . . . it was not looking good.

I waited for Paul to leave, went back in the house and dressed myself for the rain. I looked pretty rediculous. I had on Eyore pj pants tucked into tall socks, sporting yellow duck shoes and Richie's raincoat with the hood pulled so tight all you could see were my nose and eyes. Richie asked me not to do what I was about to do. I ignored him and continued out the door. I grabbed our flat blade shovel and started digging.

I dug trenches, three of them, to allow the water that was pooling between our homes to drain off. There were some leaves and other debris creating various dams which wasn't helping, so I took care of those. The rain came harder so I dug faster. By the end most of the water had drained off into the street, which was beginning to resemle a river. The water was gushing through the yards, over the sidewalk and into the street where the water was already starting to overflow itself onto the sidewalks. Thank God my trenches worked.

The HVAC guys came today; I almost forgot about the leak. There was a broken seal, or two, which they fixed. We're in the clear there. No roof damage or serious water damage! I'm tellin' ya, this home warranty has paid for itself already!


7 Comments
lgrant
Cool. Sounds like quite a night!
LGrant   Friday, January 22, 2010
thecoalyard
oh, gah, mucho determination, i love it
The Coal Yard   Friday, January 22, 2010
RAGrise
The trenches weren't deep. I'm glad it didn't take too much effort to get it drained off. This weekend I'll have to rake the rocks back into place, but do it in a way that will allow for some runoff next time it rains.
Richie & Ashley   Friday, January 22, 2010
igna83
You're a mad woman!
Angi   Friday, January 22, 2010
RAGrise
Not mad, just don't want my house to flood!!
Richie & Ashley   Friday, January 22, 2010
stevenheinzel
We live in a place called Laketown on the south side of Springfield about a half mile from Lake Springfield. Our area is notorious for seepage. A lot of homes have no basements, but those that do have seepage whenever the water table is high - and it has been high for over a year now. The sump pump gets quite a workout!
stheinz   Friday, January 22, 2010
girlcarew
Glad you got it done! Let's hear your ROAR!
girlcarew   Friday, January 22, 2010
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