Flooding in the Home: A DIY Guide for Treatment and Prevention

Updated on May 12, 2018
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I love being able to fix problems myself and then share the success story with others. We are living in the DIY generation!

Yard Depressions and Water Retention

The pump, seen in bottom right corner of photo, actually drained my entire yard and prevented water from entering my home.
The pump, seen in bottom right corner of photo, actually drained my entire yard and prevented water from entering my home.

As you can see from the picture above, our yard has a low spot that retains water. This occurs with greater intensity with the onset of spring due to the melting snow. There are a number of ways to deal with such depressions on your property. There is the "fill dirt" option, which means hauling in a couple of truckloads of dirt, depositing it in the middle of the yard and distributing it evenly. I struggle with this one because I think that's really only shifting the problem. In fact, our trouble may have started because a neighbor did some landscaping that resulted in an elevation of their property, causing rainwater to flow onto ours. I'm concerned that raising our backyard may cause the same problem for yet another neighbor. Either that or an H2O see-saw would be created with the neighbor who raised his property in the first place. Before you know it, we'd both be living on hills!

Another option would be digging a drain and installing industrial-grade piping to funnel standing water out of the backyard and into the sewer system. This is a viable option, but one that will take some time and a considerable amount of money.

I am going to focus on a quick solution that works in both the short and long term, is very simple, and extremely inexpensive. I am going to show you a fast and easy method for draining your patio, yard, or basement should flooding or pooling occur.

What You Need:

To begin de-flooding your yard or basement you will need only 3 items. They are as follows:

  1. The Wayne Submersible Pump
  2. A garden hose (make sure the length is project appropriate)
  3. A flooded area

A Picture Says a Thousand Words

Make sure you check out ALL the BEFORE and AFTER photos! The difference is amazing!

Before Pump Photos

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This photo shows water a mere 5 feet away from the house.
This photo shows water a mere 5 feet away from the house.
This photo shows water a mere 5 feet away from the house.

Step 1: Plug Pump Into External Outlet and Suspend Cord

Step 2: Attach Hose Nozzle to Pump Nozzle

It is important to watch the video (specifically at 1:26) to see exactly how to connect the hose to the pump, because it works best while the pump is actively spouting water.
It is important to watch the video (specifically at 1:26) to see exactly how to connect the hose to the pump, because it works best while the pump is actively spouting water.

Step 3: Make Sure Water is now Flowing From the Opposite end of the Hose to a Safe Location

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Strong flow heading to a safe place: the sewer system.Water, now redirected, heads down the natural slope of our driveway, into the street, and finally into the sewer
Strong flow heading to a safe place: the sewer system.
Strong flow heading to a safe place: the sewer system.
Water, now redirected, heads down the natural slope of our driveway, into the street, and finally into the sewer
Water, now redirected, heads down the natural slope of our driveway, into the street, and finally into the sewer

Step 4: Remove Debris from Bottom of Pump Occasionally to Avoid Clogging

Here I remove small twigs and leaves from the base of the pump.  The pump has a strong vacuum feature that occasionally pulls in debris ,slowing or stopping water flow.
Here I remove small twigs and leaves from the base of the pump. The pump has a strong vacuum feature that occasionally pulls in debris ,slowing or stopping water flow.

What Happens If Water Flow Stops Prematurely?

Water flow will stop should the pump become plugged or clogged with twigs. Simply brush them away from the base of the pump and it should resume functioning. Plugging/clogging will not damage the pump. The worst case scenario would be having to unscrew the baseplate of the pump and doing a more thorough cleaning. Only 4 small screws hold the baseplate in place so this is an easy exercise should it need doing. Ensure good flow resumes, don't just assume it has done so.

This Is a Short Video of Me Actually Fixing the Flood Situation!

After Pump Photos

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Now all that's needed is brooms, rakes, and family members to get this yard in tip top shape!
Now all that's needed is brooms, rakes, and family members to get this yard in tip top shape!
Now all that's needed is brooms, rakes, and family members to get this yard in tip top shape!

The Wayne Submersible Pump as Seen and Demonstrated in This Article

The Wayne Submersible Pump is an Indispensable Tool for Home Owners

5 stars for The Wayne Submersible Pump

Additional Tips/Safety Advice

  1. It is possible to actually place the pump out in the yard. If placed on top of a small, flat platform the pump will actually pump all the water wherever you direct the hose attached to it. The appropriate direction would be out into the street and into the sewer system as opposed to the neighbors yard.
  2. A word of CAUTION: Placing the pump in the yard as opposed to the way you see it used in my photos and home video will require an extension cord. This could be DANGEROUS as it channels electricity in extremely close proximity to water; water you would most likely be wading through.
  3. Be sure to use rubber boots and rubber gloves when near the potentially lethal combination of water and electricity.
  4. Check all cords for breaks of integrity, frayed or broken wires, etc.
  5. Read the owners manual for the pump should you choose to purchase.

Clean Gutters Keep Water at Bay

A Final Word of Advice

As you can see from the above photographs, I have a lot of trees around my house, which means lots of leaves in my gutters. Because of the close proximity of trees, cleaning gutters is a chore I have to engage in as a matter of routine. Even in the summer months debris, bark shards, and berries of one sort or another are always wreaking havoc on my gutters. Shade can be a heavy price to pay in terms of maintenance. I have to check the gutters at least once a month from spring to autumn. If I don't I'll be pumping water out of my basement instead of off my patio and out of my yard. If you come away with one key thought after reading this article, let it be this: Keep water away from the house. That's the key. You have to do both. If you've got a depression in your yard you have to head off the water before it reaches the house. If you live in an area with a high concentration of foliage you'll have to keep a sharp eye on your gutters. Ahh...the joys of owning a home! It's a lot of work, but it sure is satisfying knowing you've done all you can to protect your investment, and more importantly, kept your family safe and sound.

Conclusion

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Flooding costs homeowners millions of dollars in water damage every year. I certainly cost me a pretty penny. Two years ago our basement flooded. Since our basement was "finished" we had to tear out all the carpeting, some of the furniture, and several odds and ends that came into contact with the water. Purchasing the Wayne Submersible Pump was a no risk investment that has saved me, at least, hundreds of dollars. Now, when the big rains come and the snow starts melting I don't panic or worry. Just knowing I can handle the water, knowing I can keep it out of my house provides me with great peace of mind. I believe it will have the same affect on you.

Stay dry!

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        Leland Johnson 5 days ago from Midland MI

        Yes, very relieved. You feel this sense of panic grip you as the water approaches the house, but once I get the pump going- bam: no more water. I think I need to live on a hill for my next home :)

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        FlourishAnyway 6 days ago from USA

        I live on a hill so I don't have this problem (although it causes different problems). I can't imagine the nastiness of all that water. You have to be relieved to have an answer to it sitting in your yard.

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        Leland Johnson 3 weeks ago from Midland MI

        Hi Alesia, thanks for commenting. Trust me, if I can do it you can do it. Cheers!

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        AlesiaSullivan 3 weeks ago

        Very informative and well-written piece. As a single woman, I am on a constant chase to find easy DIY fixes to life's certain issues that arise. This particular issue is huge for a homeowner as flooding causes so many problems, both long and short term. The author was very clear on the steps to resolve the issue and I am confident that this is something even I could accomplish.

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