|Dye in the tank after ten minutes|
July 27, 2020
July 25, 2020
|Note there is no storm sewer in the alley or street by our house. |
|Water level near HVAC closet|
|Mulch tide line shows water flood level on back patio|
1. Redesign the gutter downspouts to ensure they drain away from the house. Drain to the front is preferred, and away from neighbor’s lot line.
2. Regrade any landscaping that is not sloped away from the house. This is only an issue in the backyard. The front is well graded away from the house.
3. Install a second sump or enlarge current sump so that we have at least 2 @ 1/2HP sump pumps. One pump will exit in existing pipe to the back, one to exit to the front. I am undecided on whether we need a new battery back up pump. It won't cost much to add and it would provide some redundancy if say the circuit breaker pops. The new sump pumps will be wi-fi enabled so we can monitor their performance and react if power goes out or a pump fails.
4. Run an electrical line for a new dedicated outlet for the new sump pumps. While I'm at it, install a new wall switch and outlet so I can power my layout with one switch.
5. Install a natural gas powered 16-22KW whole house generator with automatic cut in during power outages and whole house surge protector. That way I can run trains in a power outage.
6. Draft an annual service plan to check all systems and service as needed.
July 24, 2020
July 21, 2020
I also want to add a whole house surge protector as we have had problems with lightning damaging the capacitor on on air conditioner.