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:
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?