I have been informed 3 times in the last 4 days that water seeks the path of least resistance and I am now convinced that the Hudson River has found it’s path in my basement.
I think I must be very much like water because I have noticed that I do it too, well most of the time, except lately in the morning when I am greeted, have been greeted the last 4 mornings by my own private lake.
Each day upon rising I make coffee, then I sneak a peek down the stairs into my basement to see if the waters have receded, since every night and all day long when I can I am sucking water out of the cockles of my house with high hopes that this time will be the last, but this morning was no different than the previous 3 and so rather than letting it build up to a point where I have to call in the fire trucks, I grit my teeth and begin the process.
So today I decided to do the math and see just exactly how long it took me to evacuate how much water from the basement, this calculation would also tell me approximately how many gallons build up over the night. This is how I figured it. I am notoriously bad at mathematical calculations so bare with me. In 45 minutes I filled up an 18 gallon shop vac 12 times. 18 X 12 = (I had to use a calculator for this) = 216 gallons of water. This does not include the gallon or 2 I was able to suck out directly with the sum pump I was using. I have learned that you can buy a low level utility pump at Lowes for about 60 bucks that will remove water down to an eighth of an inch. Taking the path of least resistance I have not gotten one in the hopes that someone will come and fix this problem before I have to spend even more money. This is working fine for now and at least I have a system.
I have also been told that the way water is seeking it’s path of least resistance into my basement is through what could possibly be an old well that was concreted off, but not completely. Here’s are some pictures of the culprit:
I don’t know, but if you ask me it’s kind of phallic isn’t it? Speaking of phallic I have had more guys parading in and out of this place since this happened than I can count. I have 3 more coming over tonight to assess the situation. This much is certain, nothing can be fixed until the waters recede and no one can tell how long that will take. I used to have a magic 8 ball to predict the future but I think I lost it in the divorce.