We've been very fortunate with the lingering warmer weather this late into fall. We missed most of the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy as it came inland a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, our neighboring states to the north were not as lucky. But I still ended up with a leaky basement from the constant rain due to a bad battery on my backup sump pump. When the electricity went off for the night, I had to swap out batteries to try and keep ground water from coming up around the floor.
So I've decided it's time to improve upon the water drainage in my crawlspace and finished basement. I spent the last few weeks talking with several companies about proper drainage techniques. I've finally decided on a company to come in and do the job. Hopefully, this will get the water to flow where I want it too instead of where it's grown use to traversing. I'll still have a backup battery/pump along with my main pump but the water will be better directed around the footer of the house instead of just slipping through where it wants to go. I'd like to see the completed project exposed to some rain storms just to make sure the floor is ready to be tiled over again. I haven't ruled out investing in a small generator just for the main pump but I don't want to go that route if it isn't necessary.
Besides the waterproofing project, B and I are busy with our own outside DIYer projects while the weather is cooperating. I helped her tick off the last "to-do's" on her workshed such as running electrical lines, installing outlets, and exterior painting, while she helped me build a great looking lean-to off my workshed, complete with three walls and a shingled roof.
The shed use to house my scooter but now it, along with my lawn mower, rain barrels and other large items will enjoy the new covered space. My greenhouse gained some recent additions, along with my hibiscus trees, and is taking over storage of all the gardening supplies. So my workshed is already roomy enough to actually use my table inside.
We're starting to gear up for our interior projects. Besides my waterproofing, I'll be adding tile to my basement instead of carpet. The plan is to install heating elements under the tile that I can control with a thermostat. I can always throw some area rugs around for appearance and extra warmth. My old living room furniture from the 90's is starting to look out of place and will be looking for a new home soon. I've decided I'll be replacing them with a more modern and space efficient sectional in the basement. That should complete most of the basement transformation. The only thing left is to fix up the crawlspace with a vapor barrier to reduce the humidity and risk of mold. The upcoming colder months are a great time for that.
As you can tell, my summer/fall has been busy with home owner projects but I think it will pay off in the long run to prevent trouble in the future.