Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Natural Plumbing Disaster at the Home of The Body Chronic

This past weekend was supposed to be a celebration. The Mister turned 30 and I threw him a surprise party. He's a good guy who has never had anyone really pay attention to his birthday until he met me, so I figured he deserved it. Plus, he's put up with me for nearly five years...that alone should warrant a party.

In any event, the surprise part went off without a hitch. He was shocked, to say the least.

But then we were both surprised. You can read the full story here, but to sum it up: our basement flooded. Pretty soon the guests were clearing out and we were calling a plumber.

For the past three days we've been doing everything in our power to get the water and moisture out of the carpets and off the walls where water touched. We rented a carpet cleaner immediately and sucked up as much water as possible. We then cleaned any hard surface we could with bleach and disinfectant. Nevertheless, it appears something isn't working.

We have an insurance adjuster coming out Friday and she claims we have coverage for water backup damage. I'm praying this is true.

The worst part is that for two people with chronic allergies, having water in your home--even if you've done your best to clean it up out of the carpets--is not a good idea.

So I thought I'd take this frown of a situation and turn it upside down and provide some helpful links about allergies and mold.

I guess a new house could use new carpet anyhow.