As some may know, my basement, which does not normally flood, got 3-4 feet of water from Hurricane Irene. We'd like to prevent that from happening in the future, and would like suggestions.
Would a sump pump be able to handle that volume of water, and prevent it from building up as it did this time? The flood appeared to happen in a two hour span, max.
Our basement doesn't normally flood, but we do get the occasional trickle or dampness around the edges of the walls. The former owners said there was minor flooding during Hurricane Floyd.
The cellar is unfinished, so that's not a concern. We don't want to finish it, and we don't need it to be bone-dry. We just want to keep the major water from accumulating, and preserve our boiler and washer dryer.
An official "waterproofing" of this basement is not possible. It's got some dirt walls, some made of piled-up stone. The floor is cement over dirt. It's 100+ years old. We don't need it so it's waterproof. We just don't want it to flood.