Water in the basement; kids running around in bathing suits

I was naively enjoying a rainy day at home with the kids yesterday when I decided it would probably be a good idea to check out our basement just to make sure there wasn’t any water seeping in.

And guess what? There was water coming in.

We’ve lived in the house for two years and never had a drop of water in the attic or basement. It wasn’t a huge amount of water coming under the basement door but it was enough to wet the floor and a lot of our boxes in the unfinished part. Some of the carpet in the finished part of the basement was also wet. It was sucking the water in through capillary action.

We spent most of yesterday trying to dry out our carpet. The kids, who promptly changed into their bathing suits, liked the process of stomping on towels on top of the rugs to soak up the water. Michael took a different approach working the wet/dry vac like a pro. The carpet is pretty dry now and we’ve set up several fans help finish the job.

I know we have been lucky thus far. So many other families are facing much larger problems.

I’m getting ready to go to bed, and I’m praying no more water seeps under the basement door. I’ve got sandbags blocking it on the outside and towels on the inside. We’ve also added extra length to our gutter drains sending water further away from the house and into the yard.

We found this article helpful. It explains the steps to really dry your carpet so you don’t get mold.

I also found these articles from the AJC to be very informative:

Where to turn for flood help

What insurance generally covers

Did your house have any damage? What have you done to prevent it? What have you done to remedy the damages so far? Did your kids help? Did they put on their bathing suits?

49 comments Add your comment

motherjanegoose

September 22nd, 2009
7:16 am

We also had about 1 inch of water coming in from the side entrance of our basement, where it is unfinished. Our son was asleep in the finished are and I woke him up abruptly at 6:00, since my husband was already gone for work, Luckily he went out to dig out the blockage on the drain, He is tall and strong and I would not have been able to do it myself!

My husband boycotted going to work, as he spent 2 hours in a one mile stretch on the interstate and finally got off. He cleaned up the mess and also used the wet vac then headed to Lowe’s to get supplies to dig a new drainage ditch. Our son came home form school at noon and helped him. Before they got back it started all over….but did not get in as bad.

Our yard is torn up but the drain should hold now. My heart goes out to all of those who are in BAD shape. It shows how quickly things can happen and that you cannot stop the weather. Not long ago we were begging for rain and now it won’t stop!

Dr. Horrible

September 22nd, 2009
7:43 am

My basement had a little water as well and got the carpet in the finished part wet. I used a steam cleaner to simple suck the water out of the carpet and afterwards I pulled up the carpet a bit at the corner and put an oscilating fan on it. I hope that takes care of it. I really don’t want to have to replace the carpet.

Dr. Horrible

September 22nd, 2009
7:44 am

A little humor in all this flood mess.

According to the radio station Project 96.1 this morning, God called in and said that if they cancel The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the rain will stop….LOL.

Kathy

September 22nd, 2009
8:12 am

We had a tiny bit of water come in next to the basement door. We are VERY lucky. However I did go down there yesterday and pull everything away from the outside walls just in case. Our basement is unfinished so we have no carpet to worry about, but lots of stuff that would be ruined if it got wet. Did anyone see the footage last night of the elementary school completely underwater in Carroll County? All you could see was the roof and the name of the school at the very top of the building!

Dr. Horrible…..I almost peed my pants laughing at your Housewives comment! How about we start making bargains…..if Jon and Kate would go away PERMANENTLY God will stop the rain….if someone can beat the Gators God will stop the rain?!?!?! Hopefully God is not waiting on the healthcare debate to get resolved……we might all have to start building the ark!

JJ

September 22nd, 2009
8:33 am

Unscathed in Buford……but I now own lake front property….LOL…

motherjanegoose

September 22nd, 2009
8:45 am

I do not even watch the Housewives show and I thought it was hysterical!

FYI…the ebb and flow of economics leads me to believe that this will be a boom to stores like Lowes and Home Depot plus hardware stores. Also, I passed Toys R Us by the MOG and it was PACKED yesterday…what was that about? I’ll bet the Mall itself will be busy today as some are going crazy with their kids and it is too wet and muddy to be outside.

@ HB, if you get a chance, check out Becky’s comment at the end of the spanking story 2 days ago.
This is the what I tend to see and maybe it is more focused in the metro area.

My Dad once told me that my great grandparents dug potato peels out of other people’s trash to boil for soup to feed their kids as they had NO money when they came to America. Folks, back then, were too proud to take handouts, Many still are today. I cannot imagine doing what they did…we have always had food but we have always had jobs…some are not as lucky.

motherjanegoose

September 22nd, 2009
8:46 am

oops…I meant to say Dr. Horrible’s post…

Dr. Horrible

September 22nd, 2009
9:06 am

@motherjanegoose

Toys R Us was packed, and probably every Gamestop in town not under water, because Halo 3: ODST was released last night at midnight and people were queueing up to get their hands on the video game for the Xbox 360. I will be picking up my copy this afternoon from the Gamestop on Highwa 92, provided that store still stands.

HB

September 22nd, 2009
9:53 am

MJG, I read it, and while I get what she means about the attitude of SOME people applying for free lunch, she said that person’s app was actually denied, so the system worked in that case. I’ve never said there’s not abuse of the system (in fact, I believe I acknowledged that there is indeed abuse in one of my posts). I’m just not willing to assume most people are doing so based on the actions of some since in my own experience, I’ve worked with many hardworking people who have had fewer opportunities in life than most middle class people do but are trying to get off government assistance (and I’ve seen many of them succeed!). I just don’t like to stereotype people that way — it’s unfair and unproductive.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 22nd, 2009
9:57 am

How do you know if you need to replace the carpet?

motherjanegoose

September 22nd, 2009
10:03 am

@ Dr. Horrible….I am not electronic or gadget inclined and thus had no idea about it. Guess I learned something early today….not sure how much I will be using the information….haha!

DB

September 22nd, 2009
10:12 am

Ugh. We are still reeling from a broken water heater in the formerly-finished basement last year. What a mess!! We had to rip up almost 1700 sq. feet of carpet, and had to have a disaster team come in, who ripped out the floorboards and punched little holes in the bottom of the drywall to increase air circulation. Then we had 9 powerful fans that sounded like an airplane taking off and a couple of dehumidifiers. The wet-dry vac was definitely NOT up to the job. So, as of now, there’s no carpet in the basement to worry about. I’m really, really thinking of getting the cement stained . . .

Happily, we live on a hill, and we just had our gutters cleaned and repaired, so no problem with water (knock on wood.) The pictures on the AJC and elsewhere are pretty horrific, though — I feel so badly for those whose homes are under water — it’s SUCH a mess. I was exhausted after just a stupid water heater break, and the worst I lost was a carpet and a couple of boxes of things I really didn’t care about — I can’t imagine dealing with a whole house full of my life.

I hope this posts — I’ve posted every day for the last few days, and NONE of them have appeared. If not, I may have to wander away. Frustrating. It’s a bit of a time-waster, sure, but it’s REALLY a time-waster if what you write doesn’t even get posted!

jct

September 22nd, 2009
10:12 am

We are very lucky. The garage filled with about 8 inches of water. Only a little got into the finished part of the basement. We have fans going and should be dry by tonight if there are no more downpours.

@Dr. Horrible – I heard that on my drive in this morning. I laughed so hard that I could not see properly. I was glad I was at a red light. Interesting how many people listen to the Project…

Dr. Horrible

September 22nd, 2009
10:12 am

@Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

I’m not realy sure how you know if you need to replace the carpet or not but I do know that if you do not properly dry out the carpet mold can grow under the pad and the mold can supposedly cause health issues.

motherjanegoose

September 22nd, 2009
10:13 am

@ HB…check out this link…most is not half but half is quite a bit, in my opinion:

http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local/story/Too-many-free-lunches-for-those-who-can-pay/Ps6NQV6JK0ujRCknqrr0Rg.cspx

Not sure if this was posted this past April or not….

I agree that we may each see a different picture…depends on where we live. I see more teachers than most ( nationally) and they tell me what is going on in their schools…this is how I form my opinion but it may certainly be biased because I have not been in all schools.

DB

September 22nd, 2009
10:13 am

@Dr. Horrible — ah, that explains it. I was chatting with my son on IM last night, and at 11:15, he had to leave to drive a friend of his somewhere. I didn’t inquire, but when I talked to him briefly again, later, he said that he was watching his friend play the new Halo — they must have gone to the store for the midnight sale!

New Stepmom

September 22nd, 2009
10:45 am

Good luck to all of you with lots of flooding. We have two small puddles in the basement that the wet vac should clean up nicely.

I have been hearing that ants will be the next thing to deal with. We are going to spray tonight for those.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 22nd, 2009
10:58 am

DB — I will be more vigilant checking the spam cue — I’m so sorry they haven’t been showing up –

lakerat

September 22nd, 2009
11:53 am

I did a naked rain dance on motherjanegoose’s front lawn. I guess it worked.

Twenty

September 22nd, 2009
12:19 pm

motherjanegoose

September 22nd, 2009
12:26 pm

@ lakerat imposter…is this why the sun is shining so brightly here today? HMMM

JJ

September 22nd, 2009
12:26 pm

Yes, ants and all the other bugs will be trying to get indoors where it’s dry……

motherjanegoose

September 22nd, 2009
12:32 pm

The motherjanegoose comment at 12:26 was made by an imposter…..EVERYONE VILIFY HER!!!!!

Hung

September 22nd, 2009
12:59 pm

JJ

September 22nd, 2009
1:04 pm

Oh Knock it off……this is stupid and childish. We all know when a regular posts and when it is an imposter..

Grow up!

JJ

September 22nd, 2009
1:09 pm

I am angry GRRR!!!

God....

September 22nd, 2009
1:32 pm

Jeez..you people! I’ve been REALLY busy with stuff lately and just got to Governor Perdue’s prayer for rain! Now you don’t want it??? Make up your minds!!!

HomeyD

September 22nd, 2009
1:38 pm

@God….

Who you callin, “You people?”

Zachs Mom

September 22nd, 2009
1:39 pm

While we didn’t have any flooding….I have a house full of dead ants. You kill one and 10,000 of his friends take his place. I have spent the day spraying and cleaning.

On the plus side…the sun is out in Habersham at the moment.

God....

September 22nd, 2009
1:42 pm

@HomeyD….Georgians….and stop questioning me or I’ll send locusts and pestilence next!

HomeyD

September 22nd, 2009
1:48 pm

God….

I speka jive

HomeyD

September 22nd, 2009
1:52 pm

The HomeyD that posted at 1:48 is am imposter.

JJ

September 22nd, 2009
1:59 pm

OH that’s right, the kids are out of school and left at home unattended and apparently very bored.

JJ

September 22nd, 2009
2:06 pm

I really wish these immature brats would stop posting as me JJ comment at 1:59 is an imposter.

JJ

September 22nd, 2009
2:13 pm

I am 6 feet of hot mess.

pd

September 22nd, 2009
2:34 pm

Had 9 inches of water in the basement. Wall to wall. Took me the whole day bailing water to get it almost dry. Then it started to rain again and filled back up 3 inches. Had to work today. I opened all the windows and the doors and hope that this beautiful sunshine is helping me out.

Luckily for me, the water is clean looking and not the dirty stuff that is on televison.

I poured a gallon of bleach in the water. I figured it could help keep the bacteria and mold to a minimum.

I took the carpet out of there three years ago.

To the person talking about possibly staining the concrete in their basement; I would advise against that. I did it and its an arduous process. Not only that, it didn’t stay. After about a year, it was scratched and not pretty.

I ended up putting in commercial tiles. They come in lots of nice colors and are reasonably easy to install. This water won’t hurt them.

I lost a few things like a dvd player, several heaters and fans, a guitar amp, two speakers, and some books. I may have also lost my washer, dryer, and HVAC. I won’t know until all of this dries.

BUT the WORST part of all of this, and I am sure you mothers will relate, I lost all of our photos. The picture albums, including my son’s baby book, were all on the lower shelf of a book case. I have taken them out and they are drying, but I am sure they will be damaged.

lakerat

September 22nd, 2009
3:22 pm

My boobs are so bloated they look like Louie Anderson’s ass popping out of a corset.

Stan

September 22nd, 2009
3:28 pm

Not sure how it would work for photos, but book can be placed in the freezer to help dry out.

HB

September 22nd, 2009
4:43 pm

Here are tips for saving photos: http://www.imphotorepair.com/waterdamagedphoto.html.

Heritage Preservation has tips on preserving other damaged items: http://www.heritagepreservation.org/programs/TFNewsReleases/nr090326.html. Their list is designed for museums/historic sites, but the items mentioned include books, heirlooms, etc that are in homes too.

Please

September 23rd, 2009
7:52 am

Safe in Lawrenceville, but neighbors not so lucky. We spent yesterday taking out their belonging and helping them dry out. I am looking after a few people I barely know. Hope everyone else is safe.

Meme

September 23rd, 2009
8:35 am

I love that your kids put on their bathing suits. They are usually a bright spot in a bad situation. My nephew and I (he is now 32) use to put on our bathing suits and play in puddles.

Becky

September 23rd, 2009
9:19 am

MJG & HB, guess I should of said more about that story..Her app was denied, but the lunch lady told her to change her amount of salary, because those things are never verified..So she changed it to a few dollars less and her kids were given free lunches..

Becky

September 23rd, 2009
9:35 am

Live in Douglas County and while I don’t have any damage to my house, we can’t get anywhere..It took me 2 hours to get to work today..My nieces house and car flooded in Austell, she is the only person that I know that has anything major happen..

So to all that have damage, I want to say that I’m sorry and if there is anything that I can do, Theresa can get you in touch with me..

Patrick

September 23rd, 2009
11:04 am

I live in Bremen, so getting to Norcross to go to work yesterday was in no way an option. Today it really shouldn’t have been an option, but I decided to try. Took me nearly 3½ hours to get to work, covering a distance that normally takes 1½ hours. Only way to get here was to take 120 through Marietta, then get onto I-75. Traffic was a nightmare. Only time it was decent was when I got onto I-75, then onto 285 and come around to 85. I have decided if we have another weather disaster like this, where I-20 is closed on the west side, and 78 is impassable, I’m just going to stay home until an “all-clear” is given. I don’t care if it takes days or even a couple of weeks. I know I will not be in a good mood today at work. If the people I work with know what’s good for them, they’ll leave me alone, or walk on eggshells around me. Just sayin’.

Becky

September 23rd, 2009
12:17 pm

Patrick, I have a coworker that lives in Breman and just to get to South Cobb Dr. in Smyrna it took her three hours this morning..They have reopened I-20, so hopefully that will make the ride home easier..

Patrick

September 23rd, 2009
1:14 pm

Becky…yeah I heard that from a co-worker about an hour ago. Hopefully that will make things better in the afternoon. Like I said, next time this happens, I’m either staying home, or checking in a hotel, depending on which side of the Perimeter I happen to be on.

Becky

September 23rd, 2009
2:17 pm

Pstrick, I’m with you on the staying home..My boss said this morning that she didn’t understand why some of us that live out that way, didn’t go back toward AL., then cross over toward Cartersville,then come in from 75..I just looked at her and said HELL no..I was not going half way around the frigging world to get here..Of course this is the same woman that expects you to come in when there is ice on the road..

lwa

September 23rd, 2009
3:33 pm

We don’t have any water in our basement.

I attempted to drive to work this morning and I didn’t make it far. After 1 hour in the E/W connector, I turned around to work from home.

I20 is open now, but I don’t think that will help much. I will give is one more day.

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