Monday, July 14, 2014

Flood Repair

Most years, by July 14,  we are  - and  have been  - at our trailer near Hearst for a week or so.  This year things are a bit different.

First there was the family  trip around the Gaspe. And once back home, there was this.

You might remember that in late March, early April,  of this spring, we had a basement flood. 
Er Um, according to official, water-damage language, we had seepage.  Two inches of water that destroyed all basement flooring and baseboaards.  Call it what you want, I called it disastrous.

Although we had never previously had moisture in our basemennt, and presumed the cause to be  the severe winter which  would most likely never be repeated, we nevertheless felt we couldn't take the chance of 'letting things be'.

First step was to install a sump pump which we did late spring.  Second step was to hire a contractor to dig up around our foundation as far down as the weeping tile
to 'see what we could see.'

Turns out that is an easier thing to do than a homeowner might suspect. They have cameras.  And it turns out we had a crushed weeping tile at the outer corner of the garage.  Now, new weeping tile, new tar coating,

new rubber membrance,

new cement blocks to replace disintregated ones near the crushed tile

a new weeping tile

 to take the downspout all the way down the driveway to the curb,

and a much-depleted bank book, we are almost back to normal. 

That means we can now leave for the trailer which we are doing today. I have my knitting, some food, my knitting, some clothes, my knitting  and we are ready to go. 

I  have my tablet with me and will post every time I can get close to wifi.  Bonne vacance tout le monde!


Sandra said...

we did the new roof thing this year. It's annoying to spend all that money where it isn't really seen! But... the peace of mind is so worth it.

Yarn and Ivories said...

"Weeping tile": a new term for me! Have a great (knitting) rest of the summer.

Needles said...

I hate jobs like this.

Sel and Poivre said...

Oh it must feel grand to have everything sealed up and draining freely away and then be off on your trip north! Enjoy!

Nathan Riley said...

That’s right. With the flood damage in your basement, renovating it is really the best solution. Not only is it a chance to change some things down there, but that will also give you a better picture of the damage and address it all at once. It sounds a tough job, but it's definitely rewarding after. How is it, btw? I hope everything is progressing smoothly.

Nathan Riley @ Stanley Steemer

Unknown said...

That's a lot of restoration done on such short notice. I guess it's understandable, since floods can immensely damage your home to a certain extent. Plus, leaving those matters unattended can put your family at risk, so dealing with the matter now, and accordingly so, is a great idea. Thanks for sharing that, Brenda! All the best to you and your family!

Gail Wallace @ Emergency Flood Masters