At 2:24 a.m. Why it is OK to use the Good Towels to soak up the water in the carpet that is wet because the basement flooded when the sewers backed up with the torrential rain.
Note that this sort of flooding was not supposed to happen again so soon. I would refer you to my post last June, "Sounds you do not want to hear, What it sounds like when you step on wet carpet in the basement of the house you just closed on 11 days ago," except of course I cannot link to journalspace.com which lost four years of blogging and no longer exists.
It is OK to use the Good Towels because it is cheaper and easier to replace towels than carpet.
PS Yes, I would rather raw sewage be dumped into Lake Michigan than my basement flood. Sue me.
How an engineer thinks: "Oh good! A chance to buy a shop vac!"
How I think: "Let's rent something first." Of course, everyone else in town has the same idea. Fortunately, I was able to track down a carpet shampooer. We have a Save Big Money at Menard's Shopvac ("Normally, they're 3 gajillion horsepower, but this one goes to 11!") as a backup.
My mother gets put to work. Think you're going to visit our house and be treated well? No. There are chores.
PPS Why are we doing this ourselves instead of waiting for the mitigator to do it? Because the mitigator would cost @$2,000 and new carpet would cost only $1,000. The mitigator said he thought we could get it just as dry as he could and told us what to do. We'd rather not pay the $500 deductible and as our insurance company is a mutual company, well, a $2,000 claim hits us worse than a $1,000 claim does. Alas, I got the one bad customer service person at USAA, who asked in a bewildered tone why I cared as we were only responsible for the deductible either way. Sigh. Why bother to be responsible?