An exhausting process
“Every year without fail our living room floods. For some reason our sewage system is a little congested, and no matter what we do it still comes up. Usually no one notices it happening right as it begins. Because of this, the water is allowed to seep slowly up from the pipe and into our furnace room. This isn’t clean water. This is disgusting, food laden, murky brown water that has come up from the sewers. It’s not something you would ever
dream of even touching.
This leak usually goes on for a day or so and then somebody notices that as they step on the basement carpet, thier passage is clearly visible. Following them are clearly marked and soaking wet footprints in the carpet. The person who discovers this calls for help, and the process begins. In this case, we had to first clear the blockage. We had to wade into
the furnace room, get on our knees, and clean out the drain. It is awful. But we
do it every year.
Sometimes water is frustrating. In a flood like the one that inundated that basement, carpet damage can be immense. And if nothing is done about it, the carpet will mold. Cleanup must begin immediately or the water will damage the room irreparably. The first step I had to take was to take out a special vacuum that deals with wet carpets. I can’t count the hours I spent lugging that thing around, sucking up the water drop by drop, emptying the full vacuum in the toilet, and doing it all over again.
After I had dried out the carpet, I had to lift the carpet up, fold it back on itself, and turn on the fans. For days that turned into weeks I had to dry the remaining water out of
the carpet as well as the padding underneath. For you see, the carpet isn’t the
only thing to get wet. What soaks up the most water is the padding beneath the
carpet. I had to run the vacuum over that too, and this took twice as long as
before. Finally, the carpet was dry enough to be safe. I replaced it as neatly
as I could, and hoped it would hold. Hopefully, I’ll never have to do that
Thanks for sharing. As in any water or sewage damage it’s important to first find the source of the problem. Without first knowing the source and rectifying the problem this situation will just become an endless cycle. It’s a good idea to bring in professionals to assess the situation, find the problem and determine the proper course of action for the solution.
Once the problem has been corrected, using a professional water restoration company can guarantee that the cleanup and drying process is done quickly and correctly to help avoid any further issues that could occur in the future.