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Well I decided to give up on my basement. We had all the water out a couple of days ago and then we had another deluge and it was right back where we started. Michael and I have torn off most of the paneling and all the crummy carpet is torn up so at least it doesn't smell too awful. Under the carpet was two layers of tile (asbestos?) who knows, with whole areas missing which means someone carpeted over previous water damage and by the looks of the tack srip it was ages ago. My biggest concern is mold which can make you sick so Michael now has to give up his little apartment with kitchen and bath and move upstairs, probably permanently. This means my dollhouse room is no longer available and now there are dollhouses everywhere. There are seven dollhouses in my tiny computer room and about fifty 18" dolls on shelves and over 150 Barbies. There is still room to sit at the computer and I can see out the window so it's not all that bad. I doubt I'll ever redo the basement except for stripping the floors, cleaning and painting the concrete walls with sealer and getting some plastic storage shelves. Anything stored there will be in plastic bins. Other than storage and a place to go in a tornado that's it. I would never trust it to be really dry again or fit to be living quarters.

I did call a basement specialist company and they are backlogged until August. The midwest has really had problems this year. Flooding everywhere. :wave:

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Pat,

I can really feel for you. We live in a very flood prone town & since I'm involved in emergency services, I know all too well the heartache that a flood can cause. All I can tell people is just to be thankful that no lives were lost. We will be thinking of you.

Steve

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We are also in the midwest...but VERY glad to be in an area that escaped this latest batch of storms (the nearest big city to us got 9-1/2 inches over the last week, and 5-1/2 inches just yesterday and overnight!). Our last house, in another big city, got 5 FEET of water in the basement just as we were about to sell it...took us a year to clean out everything, restore the basement, put the house back on the market...and then it flooded again...

so I know way-too-painfully-well what you're going through.

Now we live on TOP of a hill, in land that is primarily sandy soil..and while we do have to risk maybe having sand slides, so far everything is holding well.

I don't envy you at all. I'm really sorry you have to go through this. The only silver lining is that you still have a house...I can't get the images of those houses in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, up to their rooftops in water..or the houses in Lake Delton, WI that fell into the river.

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How sad for you. I'm sending hugs. Wish I could also send a basement specialist to help you out.

Does house insurance cover the clean-up and re-do of your flooded basement?

-Susanne

We only have regular home owners insurance which doesn't cover flood. Who would think it would be flooded here? Most people only get flood insurance if they are right by a river. A lot of people out by lake Decatur lost much more than I have. Iowa right now is really bad so two inches is nothing to a whole house being washed away. I guess Indiana has a lot of flooding also. The worst part of water damage is the mold, odor, etc. It was only clear rain water but once it gets in and can't get out it gets really gross. So far the odor hasn't come upstairs and Febreze really works even in the basement so it hasn't been too bad, touch wood. I'll probably stock up on it.

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I remember one time in Massachusetts when I was a little kid. Our basement flooded. It was the first time I saw my mom cry. We were sitting on the top step watching the washer and dryer floating around. The water was up to the 4th step from the top. It was horrible so I can imagine your pain. My heart goesout to you and my prayers as well. Yes, mold can make you deathly ill. Please be careful!

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Pat, I'm sooo sorry for you! Been there...it's such a powerless feeling! Hopefully, by the time the basement specialist can get to you, things will be drier, so it will be easier for them to find the problem...

There's just no words to make it better :wave:

Hugs!!

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Hello....first sorry for all the stress you are going through.

I was flooded for close to 4 months last year with 2 feet of water in our house. Let me give you some tips if you will....

0) LOL...buy rubber boots and wear them in the water...I left mine on the stairs a top

1) Get everything out of the basement NOW....everything

2) remove any carpeting, flooring, wall pannelling , drywall and insulation to two feet ABOVE the water level nothing porous should be left other than the framing 2 by 4s

3) if water is going to be an issue for a time leave it be...can`t fight nature don`t waste your energy you will need it later

4) Buy several gallons of regular cheap brand household bleach....it will be getting scarce soon if not already

5) pour a gallon of bleach in the water now and give it a stir with something like a snow shovel (this stops microbes from growing and holds the mould off)

6) repeat the bleach treatment every 5 or 6 days that there is standing water

7) turn off any electrical breakers that may get wet in the basement (from somewhere dry)

8) Once the water receedes, use a garden pesticide sprayer filled with bleach to spray EVERY nook and crannie...every 2 by 4, all floors, under stairs etc etc...do this twice over a week

9) Shop vac all residue out (you`ll be amazed at teh gunk in clean water floods) and mop with something like a lysol solution

At this point you will be ready to start to rebuild. Give me a PM and I can email you some great guides that will walk you through step by step. We had NO MOULD at the end of our ordeal and it was a long one let me tell you. THe clean up part cost little really, bleach is cheap and is all you need...forget the basement dude you can do this yourself and save thousands of dollars.

Good luck!"

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Pat,

I am so sorry that you are going through all this. The weather this year has been miserable! With all the storms we've been getting, our basement is getting very small amounts of water, but the dehumidifier and box fans help dry it up quickly. It just affects a small area of my daughter's bedroom (she doesn't sleep there anymore), but we need to do the same. Stock up on plastic containers and keep the area as clean and dry as we can. It is nowhere near what you are going through, and I'm so sorry that Michael lost his living area. I'm sending hugs your way, because I know how stressful it can be!

Take care!

Kathy

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I bought a ton of plastic storage bins when I had an overhead pipe burst. The water got into everything. So as I cleaned out all the millions of cardboard boxes, I put everything into the bins. No water fears from top OR bottom. Then I labeled all the bins. They went on large shelves built so the first shelf was 4 inches off the floor and spaced for the bins. It was tedious and no fun. I wish you luck.

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