7/31/08

Carpet is trashed...

The carpet guys came this morning to stretch the carpet and the cleaners were due at 3 pm to clean it so that everything could be ready for our guests arriving from Austria. Well, hold off on those work orders!

It was determined that the carpet was a total loss and could not be salvaged. Delamination of the carpet backing (whatever that is?) was found and the loops of the Berber in several of the seams were fraying. Why? The restoration company that first arrived on the scene the morning after the flood didn't cut very straight or correctly and these areas in the doorways were starting to fray.

Bottom line: new carpet. First, a piece of our carpet is being sent to a lab to determine the kind of carpet, the quality, the maker, the original worth, the depreciation that has occurred, blah, blah, blah and all of those hoops the insurance companies make one jump through. By the time that happens, we choose a new carpet within the allowed budget, and get it installed - we're looking at another 3 - 4 weeks. Lovely. Just lovely. What to do with our entire basement furniture which all has been moved upstairs and is sitting in the living room and in the garage? As it is, we can only park one car in the garage until that stuff goes back downstairs and the living room is so packed you cannot even walk through it except for a 1 foot wide trail we left. The idea of having to wait another 3 - 4 weeks to get back to our normal flow and living space in the house is a royal pain in the tuckus.

2 comments:

Pete Basso said...

Bruce - you may already have thought of this but a great alternative to carpet in your basement is to do "stained" floors in your basement then lay area rugs over the stained floors. In the event of a flood you can pick the rugs up and/or replace them much easier if destroyed.

Both of the neighbors across the street from me have had 3 basement floods in the last 2 summers. They are both going to the stained floor option. Also, use "green rock" sheet rock with a six inch tile in place of trim on the bottom of the green rock. This should help with any collecting amount of water in the future.

Just a suggestion...

Bruce Brown said...

Thanks, Pete. We are meeting with the "flooring" people on Wednesday to pick a new floor covering. Of course, it has to fit within the prescribed budget that State Farm will allow - but I am very open to the suggestions you brought up. Either staining the floor, using tile, linoleum or whatever.

The sheet rock is already done and repainted as is the molding. And yes - I fear the same thing is going to happen again when we get the next 5 inch rain. However, I have done some major work with rerouting all of the drainage from the gutters so that only 1 of the 5 downspouts will actually have water draining into the hydrostatic pressure area around the foundation. The rest go directly to a new trench away from the house and to the street or down the driveway. Today may be the first test of that as it looks like rain is coming...