Wednesday, October 18, 2006

we give up


We have done all we can for our basement carpet. It is time to say goodbye.

The pad underneath was soaking wet from one end to the other, and impossible to clean.

Plan B was to rip out the pad, and get the carpet treated for mold. The carpet cleaning guy said there is no guarantee that mold will not grow back on our carpet after a $600 treatment, so out it goes!

9 comments:

EmmaSometimes said...

We have matching floors. So, now, I will send over Mr. Coffee to flowcrete and color/stamp your floor.

Fred said...

Good call. It was probably the best thing to do.

Jenn said...

emmasometimes, Has Mr. Coffee flowcreted and colorstamped your floor?

fred, it is a relief not to be down there for a while.

Sarah said...

Sorry you had to tear it all out...oh the joys of home ownership!

Seeker said...

There's nothing quite as stinky as wet carpet...

BarBarA said...

Wise choice - mold can literally ruin your entire house.

Sorry this happened, it's the pits :(

Meow said...

OK, this is gonna sound really dumb ... but why is your basement full of water ?? Was this snow related ?? (Sorry, but I live in a country with no snow, and no basements usually).
Thanks, Meow

Badoozie said...

i'm loving your comment to emmers......good point. maybe mr coffee should take care of his own floor first? i'm not being mean, i'm just using common sense, that a 5 yr old could understand

Jenn said...

For Meow and other people without basements,

There is no recorded record of snow coming this early in our area. Because the leaves are still on the trees, the weight of the snow pulled down the tree branches, snapping off very large tree limbs through the entire region, and ripping down power lines everywhere. The electricity was out for us for a day and a half. Some people were out for seven days or longer.

The basement has a sump pump, which continually pumps water away from the house so the basement won't flood. The pump is powered by electricity. There is a backup pump, which is powered by the water, but it failed because one little spring came loose.

So all the water rose out of the hole in the basement, where the pump should be pumping. Then the snow started melting, bringing in even more water. It was a couple of inches high in the back room where it's just concrete, and then it came in and soaked our carpet in George's office area.

We are used to snow in this area. It was the timing of the storm and it's effect on the trees that has brought about so much disaster.