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Merry F*cking Christmas-flooded basement

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe, Dec 23, 2012.

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  1. Joe

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    Went out to lunch yesterday and after we come home my wife goes downstairs. The carpet is wet before she opens the door at the bottom of the steps and she thinks the dog had an accident while we were gone.

    Open the door and SURPRISE, the sump pumps failed and the entire basement is wet. 80% carpeted and finished basement.:cry: Family room, two office/bedrooms, bathroom and a bar area.

    Waiting for the restoration company to arrive. $500 deductible and we leave for Vegas tomorrow.

    Insurance agent says they will probably just rip out the carpeting. I'm hoping none of the drywall was damaged. Mold and mildew have become such big issues these days.

    Hope the rest of you have a Merry Christmas. In the big picture there are lots of worse things that could happen, but it still sucks.:grrr:
     
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  2. gpenguins67

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    I would do a thorough inspection yourself or have a contractor do it. Don't trust the insurance company.... they dont want to have to pay to replace drywall. Worst case they may cut off a few inches of drywall on the bottom and replace it with new drywall, then patch and paint. You do not want to risk starting to get mold in the house. It just gets worse and harder to remove with time.
    This happened to my brother's house when he first moved in. He replaced the existing carpet with tile and a special laminate flooring that has a mold resistant backing (just in case it ever happens again). And he had to replace the bottom 6" of drywall all around.

    Good luck with the cleanup and insurance company.
    And don't sweat it... whats done is done. Go have fun in Vegas and win back your deductible money.
     
  3. JWBlue

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    You are 100% correct.

    This is a blip on the scale of hardships in life.
     
  4. shiny

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    I fully agree with Gpenguins67. Take a few days off from the worry; enjoy your Vegas vacation; and then deal with the repair process after your return. You may need to strongly insist in replacing ALL walls (no partial cut-up) inside your basement in order to prevent any mildews or molds from those water damaged walls.
     
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    Not much to say but I think you have the right attitude. It sucks, but worse things could happen. Get away and relax.
     
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    Ughhhhhhhhhh Joe that really sucks!! We went through the same thing a couple of years ago just a few months after we moved into our new construction home; we'd had the basement completely finished in hardwood. Fortunately the builder looked after restoration and even upgraded to the hardwood I'd originally wanted but deemed too expensive. The sump pump always worries me now though but we have a backup system as well that he put in.
    The timing is terrible for you to be sure with the holidays and leaving for Vegas, but I guess the bright side is (there always has to be one) it didn't happen while you were away and cause even more damage. This too shall pass!
    :eek:
     
  7. hanoscf

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    Tuesday we came home to a flooded kitchen and dining room. The supply line to our icemaker sprung a leak. Got the wet/dry vac out and sucked up a ton of water. Now our engineered hardwood floor has ripples in it. Crummy time of the year for it to happen but it could have been much worse. And insurance, less the $1000 deductible, will cover everything.
     
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    Joe, that totally sucks!!!!

    Sorry to hear about your bad luck.

    I've had quite a few friends with various flood things happening this year.

    Everybody, it pays to invest in a few of those $10 water alarms. They take a 9 volt battery and go off like a motherfucker when there is any moisture. I even buried one under the dishwasher, which has leaked a few times.

    Actually, I'm looking for a few more, if anyone knows a good source for these in Canada let me know.

    Hmmm looks like Lowes has 'em and we have Lowes up here now.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. MikeOPensacola

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    I feel your pain.....

    Had a lot of damage from hurricane Ivan back in 2004. Vegas will be the perfect elixir for your woes....have fun and come back winners:peace:
     
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    That happened to my grandparents a couple years ago. Went somewhere for a 3 day memorial day weekend and it leaked the whole time. It was such a mess.
     
  11. hanoscf

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    But if you're not home?
     
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    That fucker will beep like a sumbitch until you return, driving your faithful DaneHuaHua dog crazy.
     
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    I've got this temperature monitor that I can program to call my cell if the temp in the house drops below 50 F. We use that in the winter quite a bit just to be on the safe side because it's just the two of us.

    I wish somebody made something like that for a water sensor.
     
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    Joe sorry hear about the water damage, that sucks. My burglar alarm company has a water sensor, I have one in my basement, that will call my cell phone if it detects water. I also have fire and CO2 detection. I just Googled and found several stand alone sensors that are WiFi enabled.
     
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    A bit off topic, but the washing machine supply hose (rubber) burst at my buddy's home and he had 4' of water in his basement. Pay an extra $5-10 and get a braided supply hose.
     
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    Oh Joe, I'm sorry. I know it sucks.

    Try to think of the good times ahead in Las Vegas and then deal with the things at home.


    Easier said than done I know. :peace:

    Good luck and have a wonderful time on your trip.
     
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    Tough break Joe

    Never a good time for these things. One of the few smart things I ever did was to run 2by 4's across my basement floor and put in a sub-floor when I finished it off. Gave me at least a few inches of space under there for water to run off.
    Also put in some sheets of plastic as a vapor barrier.
    Dont let it ruin your trip ,enjoy yourself out there.
     
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    As already said...water alarm is OK "IF" you're home....we also have a sump pump and a generator in case the electric goes off....but I have to hook up the generator to the house, so I have to be home...so here's what I installed ($200 total installed by yourself or about $500 to have it installed)....a water driven back up sump pump.....MANY MANY folks here have had these installed now...

    http://www.libertypumps.com/Products/Category/SubCategory/Product/?p=77&s=23&c=14

    http://www.amazon.com/Liberty-Pumps-SJ10-Discharge-SumpJet/dp/B0013H94MO
     
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