Yard slopes towards house & causes flooding [Iowa]
Six months after we purchased our home, we flooded four times in a month because of torrential, unrelenting rain. We are not in a flood zone or anything. Our basement had about six inches of water in it so we had to gut the finished basement.
Water pools at the corner of our house where there is a tiled area outside any time we get heavy rain. We do have a sump pump that we keep in that area with a hose that drains down the driveway. If the rain is really bad, we will bail water down the driveway because the sump pump has a hard time keeping up when it gets really bad. We also apparently have an in-house sump pump in the basement in some little recessed hole in the wall of our laundry room.
I've since learned that this house does also have french drains, so I imagine these do need cleaning out. We will call a plumber to help with that.
In the meantime, we have a lot of soil erosion on the hill in the backyard, as well as around the basement window well. Unfortunately, we're light on money right now but can definitely do hard labor.
We just need to have a little guidance on our best options for mitigating any further flooding issues so that we can then re-finish our basement and make the backyard attractive again (I'm sure our neighbors love us). Our desire is to move out to the country in the next year or so, so we've got to fix up the house before we put it on the market.
I appreciate any guidance, thank you!