|Books on floor pre-flooding|
We have had small amounts of water in the basement before and have mopped it up with our wet vacuum. When Chem-Dry's Ed and Mike came at 7:30 pm, they began "extracting" and took out 200 gallons. They didn't have all the equipment they needed because others were ahead of us in line--and others had it far worse. There was no opportunity to compare shopping. We were just glad to have them begin the work as soon as possible.
|Equipment on its way out|
What have we lost? Not a lot. Fortunately, Jim had just put almost all of his recently moved and unpacked books on shelves or there would have been a great loss. There were some large volumes on the floor that he thought were too weighty to go on shelves. There were others that he was undecided about--and now the decision is made to get rid of them!
|Emails and other memorabilia drying out|
What can we do to prevent this from ever happening again? Ed, our Chem Dry man, says just don't ever have another 8 inch rainstorm. However, we are looking into some landscaping improvments and a sump pump installation which may help. In any case, the basement carpet, which is original to the house and will be cleaned as the last step of the process, may be in better shape than it has been for years.
Once again there is much to be thankful about. We had minimal damage and we have the financial resources to pay for the restoration.