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Water, Water And More Water


Water In the Hole

Actually water in the whole cellar

I live on top of a hill

There has to be an underground spring that runs under my house

When the weather changes from winter to Spring

Up comes the water on all sides

If it was oil

I would be rich

Like in the Beverly Hillbillies t.v. sitcom

Instead, I have a wet situation

One that puts a damper on my plans

I have a pump that works and a french drain around our house

It still is not enough

I use a wet-vac and squeegee all the water I can see

I have all my seasonal decorations and tools up off the ground

Then of course all the things in life you think you will need and have to save

Kind of tight corners when you have a lot of things

Luckily the water is subsiding

There are still spots that remain wet

More rain expected today

Oh Boy!!!!

One good thing out of all this

My grass never needs much water

Nature does it all

I am working on a way to solve my problem

I have been trying to think of a better method to capture the water

I have looked online

I haven't seen anything that would work

I am going to try to make something

A mat that can be absorbent and reusable

So it will suck up an inch of water

Then I can take it outside and let it dry in the sun

Ready to be used again and again

If you have any ideas or have seen anything

I would be really, really interested

I am dying to know

My design needs lots of work

I have lots of ideas that need tweeking

Maybe we could create something together

Even bad times can turn to good

If we keep the right frame of mind

That's all for now

Stay dry

If you do get wet

You have good company

I have been here time and time again

This isn't my first time

I am sure it won't be my last


DREAM ON (author) on April 16, 2020:

Gypsy Rose Lee You made me laugh. I always say you get more with humor than being angry all the time. If I could make it possible I would. The water is going down in certain spots and is still in other areas. I have a lot of plastic shelving units and racks, plastic containers that don't move so I have to just wait it out. Outside my house is dry and I hear the pump going on for 5 minutes at a time. One day I will look back at this time and chuckle. For now, it is one day at a time. Thank you so much for reading and sharing. The good thing is you don't have to worry about water too. Have a beautiful night.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 15, 2020:

I sure hope you can figure it all out. How about an indoor swimming pool? Sorry, I could not resist getting that in there. When heavy rains come here our little street looks like a small stream but I am glad the water does not make it to the house. Anyway, I am on the second floor so no worries.

DREAM ON (author) on April 15, 2020:

Demas W Jasper I love that idea. I have a small fish pond now with 5 goldfish. Where there is a will there is a way. The water has gone down in most of the cellar. A few areas still have an inch or less. Every step is a step in the right direction. Even if something doesn't work it can lead us to a new discovery. We grow and learn from the things that bother us and cause our life sadness. We are driven to a strong sense of change. Sometimes more than when things are going well. The sadness motivates us to take action. Thank you so much for all your help and thoughtfulness. I will share any progress that I make. May your day go well. Stay safe and take care.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on April 14, 2020:

There may be several Hubs on the subject of building fish ponds. I have seen at least one. Perhaps that "hole outside" should be deep enough to retain the water and create a source of fresh fish for the family?

DREAM ON (author) on April 14, 2020:

Brenda Arledge I am happy to have a cellar. It is challenging at times. I will keep on trying to find a different way. I wonder if I had another hole in the yard that the water might flow in and then I could pump it from there. Just throwing ideas around and some may not be practical. I don't have the money at this time to fix the foundation. I heard you can water seal your basement to prevent water from coming in. Thank you so much for reading and sharing all your thoughts. The water was almost gone and then we just got more heavy rains and I am back to square one. Life is full of surprises. Have a great afternoon.

DREAM ON (author) on April 14, 2020:

Demas W Jasper My wife and I had our home built in 2003. When they dug the hole for our house in February they noticed a lot of water in the hole after it rained. So they raised the foundation 18 inches and poured another foundation after the first one cracked. They did a french drain around the house. They didn't charge us any extra because they say they pulled out the forms for the foundation too soon. We have a sump pump in the corner of the cellar on the low end as you suggested. We are near the top of a hill and the neighbor's land is higher than ours. The water seeps in from the bottom of the floor from all the corners and the sides. Our backyard after a rain is not soaking wet. Water still remains in our cellar even though there is little water in the hole to pump. We have a high water table and we could be on an underground spring. I am not sure how to check that. I put most of the things in the cellar on cinder blocks. The rest I have on plastic shelving units. All summer the cellar is good it is only in the early Spring when you have lots of snow melting and lots of rain in April. I even added rocks around the house to help with the water. I appreciate all your advice and suggestions. You were very blessed to have a smart man for your father. Thank you so much for reading and sharing.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on April 13, 2020:

My dad was a civil engineer. Our home on the side of a hill had springtime water problems. He made a drain at the low end of the cellar and placed a sump pump in a hole that collected the water. The sump pump turned on automatically when the water level in the hole triggered the pump. No more problems, even after coinciding rainfalls. You might try that idea. No charge. Cage the exit hole against vermin, etc.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 13, 2020:

Dream on,

Sounds like such a mess.

I would hate to do this all the time.

Maybe a bigger sump pump.

Wishing you luck and lots of patience.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 13, 2020:

Dream on,

Sounds like such a mess.

I would hate to do this all the time.

Maybe a bigger sump pump.

Wishing you luck and lots of patience.

DREAM ON (author) on April 13, 2020:

Chatra Ram I am so busy trying to spend my time writing the best I can and I hope each person can bring their own vivid pictures to mind. Eventually, I hope to go back and add in some pictures that are from my own personal experience. How do you deal with any water problems? Everyone has little things they do that they might not think much of but when you put it all together you mind find something wonderful and amazing. Thank you for reading and enjoying my little dilemma. I keep trying to make adjustments. Small changes that make everything better. Have a great day.

DREAM ON (author) on April 13, 2020:

Ann Carr I like to think outside of the box. I know diapers are absorbent and hold water but I want to have reusable pads. Then I know shammy cloths are used at car washes because they hold so much water. I also know rice is supposed to hold water. Sponges also hold water many times better than rags. How I bring these all together I am not sure yet. I put down odor air fresheners to help absorb the moisture and the smell. I have an unfinished cellar so the cement will get wet and dry. I have been dealing with this issue for fifteen years and no solution yet. One day I will get the aha moment and then the magic will happen. Thank you so much for all your help and support.

CHATRA RAM from BARMER INDIA on April 13, 2020:

Really amazing creation, exquisite even without the image.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 13, 2020:

As I said in your last hub, water can be so invasive and smelly!

I don't know of any cures, sadly, but I'm sure someone on this site will have some ideas.

Still optimistic despite it all! Well done.

Good luck with your soak-up mat!


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