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Old 08-23-2017, 08:33 AM   #1
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Ok guys. I've come to terms with the fact that I will be fighting. I might be over preparing but thought this might make for an interesting thread.

Due to over development in Tomball, I have a huge run off issue. 5" in 2hrs will flood me. Water will be gone 30min after rain stops. I have had many sleepless nights and see more coming with Harvey.

This will be more of a live thread as I prepare and depending on how involved I need to get, posting may slow during the storm.

I started last night digging into the generator. Thank god I did because all fuel lines are clogged. Today I'm rounding up parts.

Guys are at my house now installing a sump pump. I also plan on renting a 2-3" gas powered trash pump. If the water raises around me there is nothing I can do, but I will fight until then.

We completed a complete remodel on our home over a year ago that took 8months. We lived in it for 6 months ant then the Memorial Day floods got us. Had to rip it all out and do it again.

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Old 08-23-2017, 09:59 AM   #2
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:00 AM   #3
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:01 AM   #4
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Good luck! You need one of these

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Old 08-23-2017, 10:03 AM   #6
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Prayers up for you, brother!
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I am praying we don't get it again. Memorial day got us as well.

We have flood insurance now but just don't want to go through it.

Let me know if I can help in anyway, not far from you.
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:17 AM   #8
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:20 AM   #9
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Now might be a good time to go buy that new boat you been wanting.
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:22 AM   #10
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Sounds like you need a realtor not a generator and a pump...

That sucks, I'll be hoping it misses you entirely.
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:25 AM   #11
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Dang, Ill be in SPI. If I was gonna be around Id be down to fill sand bags and kick mother nature in her dirty teeth with you. Love the spirit man!
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:29 AM   #12
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Praying for just some good soaking rain.... no damages!!!!
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:31 AM   #13
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San****. Wrap with visqueen. nail visqueen down on sides with boards driven into the grass. Dig holes all around inside perimeter and stick 5 gallon buckets in them with 3/4 holes drilled throughout and insert pumps in the buckets and run pump hoses back over the san**** levee. Have generator to power all the pumps and maybe a backup as well.

Worked way too many flood claims in my career. This what what them folks in Fargo did. They flood as much as anywhere I've been. Worked like a champ. Most had a couple feet of water on the san****s and none inside the house. make sure to have plenty of non perishable food and beer!
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:31 AM   #14
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:32 AM   #15
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sand b a g is filtered??? Dang! Next thing you know people will be offended by statues and names on buildings..
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:40 AM   #16
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:45 AM   #17
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In 94 Tomball got 25" in 2 days . Water was over the spring creek
bridge railings . Leo said he clocked the water at 40 mph .
Main street didn't flood but you couldn't go very far without
getting in high water
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:47 AM   #18
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys!! Just poured gas in the generator. Replaced all file lines and filter and cleaned carb. Bout to giver her a go.




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Old 08-23-2017, 10:48 AM   #19
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sand b a g is filtered??? Dang! Next thing you know people will be offended by statues and names on buildings..
Lol! I was thinking the same thing.
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:14 AM   #20
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Dang generator is giving me a hard time. Replace all fuel lines and filter. And needle and seat. I gotta choke it to start it then I take it off choke runs for about 30 seconds then dies. Should I pull the card off and re clean or just beat it with a hammer?

Sump pump going in now.




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Old 08-23-2017, 11:16 AM   #21
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:19 PM   #22
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I pray you do not flood. Keep me posted on that pump. Think I need to do that at my folks.
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:21 PM   #23
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Dang generator is giving me a hard time. Replace all fuel lines and filter. And needle and seat. I gotta choke it to start it then I take it off choke runs for about 30 seconds then dies. Should I pull the card off and re clean or just beat it with a hammer?

Sump pump going in now.




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Choke it till it's blowing raw fuel. Sometimes that will suck whatever through. It's worked for me

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Old 08-23-2017, 12:27 PM   #24
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change the plug and did you clean the tank?
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:27 PM   #25
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Choke it till it's blowing raw fuel. Sometimes that will suck whatever through. It's worked for me

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I'm gonna drop the bowl again and check the holes in the bowl nut. Won't be home for another hour


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Old 08-23-2017, 12:29 PM   #26
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change the plug and did you clean the tank?


You think a bad plug could cause that? I figured if it ran at all the plug was good. Maybe I'm mistaken. Yes I cleaned the tank.


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Old 08-23-2017, 12:56 PM   #27
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Product called "Mechanic in a Bottle" works wonders on poor-running small engines. $6 at Home Depot. Good luck on everything.
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Old 08-23-2017, 01:03 PM   #28
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Do all of your neighbors flood too? Or is it just your particular lot?
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Old 08-23-2017, 01:12 PM   #29
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Good luck...........I hope all your work pays off!!

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Old 08-23-2017, 01:12 PM   #30
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Do all of your neighbors flood too? Or is it just your particular lot?


A Few other neighbors got water in their houses in the Memorial Day flood. We aren't in a flood zone. It's just the city's drainage system is old and too small. They continue to develop without upgrading storm drainage


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Are you in Sherwood Forest ?
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Old 08-23-2017, 01:44 PM   #32
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Are you san****ging or just hoping the Trench and pump will keep water out??


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Old 08-23-2017, 01:45 PM   #33
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Old 08-23-2017, 01:47 PM   #34
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Hoping pump will keep water out.


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Old 08-23-2017, 01:50 PM   #35
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Dump a cap full of berryman in the gas tank. It will clean the high throttle jets in the carb
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Old 08-23-2017, 02:00 PM   #37
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I got the generator up and running!! Just needed another cleaning on the bowl screw!!


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I got the generator up and running!! Just needed another cleaning on the bowl screw!!


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A Few other neighbors got water in their houses in the Memorial Day flood. We aren't in a flood zone. It's just the city's drainage system is old and too small. They continue to develop without upgrading storm drainage


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That's terrible. I have been flooded 2 times. Its a pain.

Good luck with your fight.
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Old 08-23-2017, 02:59 PM   #42
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Thanks for all the prayers guys.

- Sump is in. Capable of 120 gallons per minute.

- Generator running.

- got enough gas for the generator and the other pump I plan on using in my front Culvert.

I still need to do the gutters and blow off roof.


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Prayers up and following. I'm down the road from you in Cypress. Last 100 year flood we had (the 2nd one of 2016), my street never even showed much puddling during the rain. Somehow though hours after the rain stopped, Telge began seriously flooding north of Little Cypress Creek and that water backed up into my neighborhood. Water got a few feet up my driveway which caused some concern.
I'm only sharing this because of your opening statement regarding over development. I know that even though our neighborhood drains well, they have put so much stupid stuff in downstream that it is now causing problems we never had before.
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Old 08-23-2017, 03:10 PM   #45
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Prayers up and following. I'm down the road from you in Cypress. Last 100 year flood we had (the 2nd one of 2016), my street never even showed much puddling during the rain. Somehow though hours after the rain stopped, Telge began seriously flooding north of Little Cypress Creek and that water backed up into my neighborhood. Water got a few feet up my driveway which caused some concern.

I'm only sharing this because of your opening statement regarding over development. I know that even though our neighborhood drains well, they have put so much stupid stuff in downstream that it is now causing problems we never had before.


There are ways to fix it but I'm not sure who does it? City or state? I work all around Houston where they are actually going through and lowering the streets 12-18". I'm assuming they are only able to do this if they have somewhere to fallout or a lift station they are going to. "Raise my taxes I dont care, JUST FIX MY DRAINAGE!" Is my mindset right now. Just wanna sleep like a baby when it rains. Is that too much to ask?


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Good luck to you man. if you need a pump...harbor freight has a three inch trash for 379 bucks. i have run mine a gillion hours.
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Prayers up and following. I'm down the road from you in Cypress. Last 100 year flood we had (the 2nd one of 2016), my street never even showed much puddling during the rain. Somehow though hours after the rain stopped, Telge began seriously flooding north of Little Cypress Creek and that water backed up into my neighborhood. Water got a few feet up my driveway which caused some concern.
I'm only sharing this because of your opening statement regarding over development. I know that even though our neighborhood drains well, they have put so much stupid stuff in downstream that it is now causing problems we never had before.

I remember seeing on the news that along 99 there were plenty of people flooding that never had before.

When Allison hit the house I was in never flooded before. 3 1/2 foot in the house.

Let's hope this storm keeps moving & not stall out over us like Allison did.
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There are ways to fix it but I'm not sure who does it? City or state? I work all around Houston where they are actually going through and lowering the streets 12-18". I'm assuming they are only able to do this if they have somewhere to fallout or a lift station they are going to. "Raise my taxes I dont care, JUST FIX MY DRAINAGE!" Is my mindset right now. Just wanna sleep like a baby when it rains. Is that too much to ask?


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Where are you seeing this being done?

I work all over town too and haven't seen this.
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If you don't mind me asking, what did that pump cost? I can't make up my mind rather I need one of those or just cut down the front yard 4 inches and add a slope to the end of the house. I'm on the side of a hill and it seems like every good rain I'm out there digging to keep it out of the house.

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I still need to do the gutters and blow off roof.


Do your downspouts drain into underground plumbing or on top of the ground? Cant really tell from the pics.

If they are draining on top of the ground, might add a 4' or 6' to help get the water further from the house and into the yard.

Just a thought that's helped me in the past keep water from building up in flowerbeds after heavy rains.
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