I need a cover for my drain right outside my basement level back door….

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    So, this is the 2nd time my basement has gotten wet (the recent tornado is the 2nd, and the 1st was back in the huge storm in March or April a few months back) and its solely due to the drain that is right outside our basement level back door getting covered with leaves and debris that wash down the back steps from the yard to the drain, thereby covering the drain, and allowing water to pool right outside the back door. The water therefore has nowhere to go since the drain is completely covered with leaves, so it goes elsewhere, namely under the bottom of our back door and into our basement.

    Where can I buy a cover of some sort that helps keep leaves and debris from getting stuck to the top of the drain, so that water can just go down the drain?

    Right now during a major stom I have to keep my eyes right on that drain, and sweep away the leaves with my hand, which is no problem. But, if I’m not home during a major storm then our basement gets wet because the leaves just cover the drain.

    -Flooded in Brooklyn

    7 Replies

    1. Try installing a R-2560-A casting from Neenah Foundry (http://www.nfco.com/). This is built for this very reason and is very durable. If you do call them ask for Milena Bauer. She’ll hook you up.

    2. Try installing a R-2560-A casting from Neenah Foundry (http://www.nfco.com/). This is built for this very reason and is very durable. If you do call them ask for Milena Bauer. She’ll hook you up.

    3. A while back we purchased a piece of fine gauge wire mesh, placed it over the drain, and cut out a section big enough to fit over the drain. We placed the mesh over the drain, cut pieces of 22 gauge galvanized steel (about $1.99 from any hardware store) and pushed them through the drain and up into the mesh. We twisted the steel using a pair of pliers so they won’t protrude and used a hammer to smooth out the edges of the mesh. It works beautifully. No more leaves or other debris, only water. For us, it was and still is the least expensive and most effective. Hope this helps.

    4. I had the same problem. I used a regular screen cooking strainer and it works fine. Just be sure to attach it to the metal cover you have now or it will not stay in place. Last year I added an extra drain a few feet from the original single drain and ran the pipe through the stairs and attached it to a drain in the basement floor. This worked out great. When you have so much rain coming down at once and a single drain plus all the roof rain, the storm drain just can’t exit the water fast enough . In addition if your single drain is clogged or slow, you’re screwed. Sadly many of our yards are not pitched away from the house. Anything you can do to get the water to exit fast or divert it away from the house will keep your basement dry.

    5. I so know where you are coming from. SAme thing happened to me. The only problem is I dont remember where I got the draincover from and the person who can remind me is out of town. Try HomeDepot or a plumbing supply store. Good luck.