Not really a disaster but not sure where else to post!
My basement has an exterior exit with a long staircase. At the bottom of the staircase is a drain. I discovered soon after I moved in that if anything obstructs the drain the basement will flood. I now sweep daily because my neighbor's tree drops a lot of leaves. This solved the problem but I always worry when I am out of town. I've been told that there is some kind of cover/screen that I can use to make sure the drain is clear, but I haven't been able to find this at my local hardware store or home depot. Another drain problem is that local stray cats (??) like to poop in this area. I have no idea why but it makes sweeping pretty gross. Any idea how I can resolve both these problems?