Last Wednesday we got call from out tenants in our house in Ames that the basement was flooded. After spending much time on the phone all day talking to various people and having someone go check out the damage for us we decided we had better head up to Ames to try to get the basement taken care of.
We arrived late on Thursday night at the house so we could rip out all the carpet. It didn't take too long to get it out but we were amazed at how much water the carpet pad held. It was a mess. Then we set up fans and turned on the dehumidifier to start the drying process. We returned Friday morning with the shop vac, mop and bucket and all the tools we need to start cleaning up the mess. We got the floor dried out and I mopped it with bleach to get rid of any bacteria that might have started to grow. We pulled off the trim on the walls to see if we could get the drywall to dry out. Then we cleaned the carpet on the stairs to make sure we got up any water that dripped as we carried the old carpet out to the curb. While there our tenants also told us about a sink that was leaking so Mark took care of that as well. Then we set up the fans and the dehumidifier again and left it.
As of now we are waiting for the insurance to get back to us to see if any of this will be covered. We have made arrangements with a friend of ours to give us an estimate for replacing the drywall (if needed) and the carpet. So hopefully it will all be taken care of soon but at least we got the dirty work done and things cleaned up. We sure hope that doesn't happen again.
We are so thankful for the people who pulled together to help us. Mark's parents watched the boys and let us borrow their shop vac. His aunt and uncle let us borrow their pickup truck so we could haul carpet to the dump if we needed too. (Huge blessing...the garbage man took all the wet carpet and pad so we didn't have to haul it away ourselves!) We were able to borrow a big mop and bucket from our church in Ames, one of the men in our church there came by and helped Mark with the leaky sink, and our old landlord from when we first got married let us borrow fans, came and assessed the damage for us before we got to Iowa so we would have an idea of what we were facing when we arrived, and he is going to help us out with getting the rest of the work done.
I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God because it doesn't matter where you live or what church you are a member of we can still pull together to help each other out. As members of God's family we are there for each other when we need it. God is so great and we are so thankful for how He has worked all of this together so far.