Friday, June 19, 2009

Marriage 101, Lecture 352: Arguments you do not want to have

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 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?


Anonymous said...

Chicago has no qualms about occasionally dumping raw sewage into Lake Michigan! Thus, my basement doesn't flood as much. So sorry to hear about it. Did it flood again this morning? We had really bad storms this morning too.


class-factotum said...

L, no flooding this morning. I hope no more storms tonight.

How's J doing? I've been thinking about her, poor kid.

Even with Chicago's dumping, you had to re-do the basement you had just redone when it flooded last year!

John0 Juanderlust said...

perhaps houses everywhere should be built on stilts.

Elizabeth said...

This is why our basement is floored in vinyl tile. It's Wisconsin - the water table is high, the basements are all semi-permeable, and things are just going to flood about once a year.

Moving to the desert sounds more and more tempting...

class-factotum said...

John, excellent idea.

Elizabeth, we considered tiling the basement last year when we had to remove the old carpet, but thought that flood was not going to be repeated for a long time. After all, people who'd lived here a long time had to throw out carpet and sofas and other stuff stored in the basement -- they wouldn't have had those things in there if flooding were frequent, right?

But perhaps tiling would be the best next move if this happens again.

Gene said...

If your water is backflow from the sewer, you need a backwater valve. I'm not an Engineer, but I work with them so much I'm starting to think like one.

Here's the super-duper one that will make the Engineer make Happy Noises.

class-factotum said...

Gene, the backwater valve is part of the $3,400 proposal, along with the sump pump. But I couldn't figure out how to make it fit into the poem.