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Old 12-12-2010, 02:42 PM   #1
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Unhappy My Basement is FLOODED!!!

Just wanted to see if anybody has had this happen before and if there are any helpful advice anybody might have?

There is about 6 inches of water. I've taken pictures of most stuff.

Canstar restorations is on site and a plumber is fixing the storm drains. They appear to have been blocked with mud.

The worst part of it is i have probably 10k in electronics down there. Canstar is taking ALL OF IT to be checked out.

I have a APC power bar that was submerged and DIDN'T TRIP!!!

My laptop, dock, and backup hard drive all reside on the floor.

In retrospect keeping my backup and my computer on the ground and in the same spot was probably not the best call. But I didn't really expect this to happen. Tables, chairs, my super nice speakers, tv stand, my books, all wet...

Insights anybody?
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:47 PM   #2
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check your insurance policy...
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:50 PM   #3
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check your insurance policy...
oh ya our insurance company has been called. they were the ones that got Canstar here. Everything SHOULD be covered except the problem itself (storm drains...)
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:59 PM   #4
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electronic are fine as long as there is no power going through them. IE they are on.

But without turning them on it would be impossible to tell if they would still work. and you want to make certain that they are fully dry before you turn them on.
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Old 12-12-2010, 03:03 PM   #5
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oh ya our insurance company has been called. they were the ones that got Canstar here. Everything SHOULD be covered except the problem itself (storm drains...)
Lets hope so.... if it was due to rain, regardless of a structural failure, many insurance companies would call it surface water, which becomes 'flood' related, and isn't covered.

Our basement flooded this past spring. Basement was finished so all the carpet was done for. Was considered surface water and wasn't covered. We're still trying to get it finished up.
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Old 12-12-2010, 03:08 PM   #6
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For the electronics, just throw them in a bag full of rice to soak up the water and just don't turn them on for awhile till you know 100% they are dry.
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Old 12-12-2010, 03:10 PM   #7
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Open up the electronics if possible and use a hair dryer or force air heater on them.
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Old 12-12-2010, 03:47 PM   #8
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all the electronics are being taken by canstar. They have a special industrial dryer for this exact purpose. So we will see.

Policy says it covers 'sewage and water backup'. Hopefully that means this.

water is out and the storm sewer is cleaned. They are boxing up everything now... its gonna be a while. there is 20 years of 'stuff' stored down there and we've never really cleaned it out. That was actually going to be one of my projects for the winter break.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:33 AM   #9
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work is progressing at a good pace. Insurance company, plumbers, city, etc all reacted quite quickly.

Insurance agent is a 'subcontractor' for our insurance company as they were not open on the weekend. But he did the assessment and said that because the basement had proper functioning drainage it will be covered. And because the water actually backed up through said drain it is not considered surface water.

Our property has multiple storm drains from multiple houses running through our driveway. Because of this, it is actually the city's job to keep it functioning properly. So the insurance company will most likely pursue getting the claim covered by the city including getting our deductible back!

So i snapped some pics... I was actually sleeping on the sofa down in the basement at the time. I turned off the tv and stereo after i woke up at about 4 in the morning. The sub was making funny noises so i switched it off without even thinking about it. at 7:30 I woke up to this...





and i had to turn off this from the sofa... to bad the plug was to far away...



it was a good wake up zap... kinda tingly...

my poor laptop... when i pulled it out of the water the dock was still on but the laptop was pooched... kinda weird for being underwater for 6 or so hours...



we threw on the scuba booties while we tried to 'unclog' the drain. First reaction was the hot water tank was leaking so the drain was actually fine...



then we figured it out... this sump hole here is about 6 feet deep and the drain is about 5 feet down. The water level is at about waist/chest level in the basement... not good...



Canstar was on site within an hour and a half. pretty quick especially on a sunday with more than one call. They quickly proceeded to start gutting the place. All my electronics was removed and sent to the drying warehouse. Appears that one of my HD's is ok. Laptop is fully pooched. stereo equipment, xbox, ps3, etc were mostly on cabinets and such and didn't get wet but they were plugged in to that silly power bar.



the city came today which was surprisingly quick i think. Maybe when their is an insurance claim they wanna react fast...?



the culprit...



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Old 12-14-2010, 03:00 AM   #10
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That sucks man hopefully you did lose any of your school assignments on your laptop!
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:08 AM   #11
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fortunately all of my school work is backed up on my flashdrive, laptop, HD, and school server. It was very lucky that I was actually able to finish my projects saturday afternoon/evening. If i had planned to finish them on sunday i would have been hooped big time.
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:25 AM   #12
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then you might have had to miss work to catch up!

oh noes!
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:49 PM   #13
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I used to work in engineering for the city of richmond. That drain cleaning truck has a spinning water jet nozzle. The pressure can be turned up so high it can blow manholes clear off and you have a 30' fountain in the street. That sucks that this happened but at least everything is covered
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:50 PM   #14
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Wow that completely sucks! I hope everything gets restoered to better than before for all your troubles.
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:18 PM   #15
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oh no, not the sega!
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:45 PM   #16
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yup... the sega is probably ruined. I had it on the floor and when i woke up it was actually turned on. I didn't turn it on, but i guess it was shorting out.

same goes for the NES.

the place is now gutted and they sprayed some cleaner stuff all over the place.







all of our stuff in the garage that wasn't 'contaminated'.



all of the materials ripped out including the subfloor and all the drywall...



We want to not have a subfloor anymore as it takes up a little over 2 inches of height in the room. The room feels much higher with that extra few inches. Plan i think is to use the same tile that we have upstairs to finish the room and have an area rug to keep it from being to cold on the feet.

ETA for completed room is apparently late feb... pretty quick considering, but damn that's gonna be a long wait for something unexpected.
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