Got an expensive birthday present.
Posted September 08, 2011 - 11:30 PM
Posted September 09, 2011 - 04:57 AM
Posted September 09, 2011 - 08:29 AM
I think one of those pics showed part of the AC under water... Did it survive?
I did turn the a/c on for about a half hour last night. It seemed to work pretty good. The part that was under water thankfully was only the bottom duct. The actual blower is about 3' off the ground.
I will run the a/c again today once we get home from work. We might have to get the burner for the oil heat serviced and hopefully it just needs to dry out. Water heater still works so that is a plus. The basement has dried up a good bit and I think we will be alright. Going to have to scrub the walls down then. The dumpster is supposed to come today and we will get all of our stuff thrown in to it over the weekend. I guess we have it for 10 days.
Still worried about the pool. We talked to a guy at Fox pools and they said the liners and pool is designed so the liner does come away from the pool frame when there is that much water in the ground. Our problem though is there is about a 15' section where the liner came apart at the top rail. Also it still doesn't explain all of the brown water and flooding in less then 3 hours. I understand the water will discolor some from water runoff from the ground but not as brown as it is. I still think something gave out on the pool but we have to wait until the dirt settles and get someone out to inspect it.
Posted September 11, 2011 - 01:16 AM
Either way I would rent a jackhammer and make a hole in the basement floor for a permanent water pump close to where you can feed it electricity and plumb a hose out of the house wall and at least 20 foot away from the house. Then with a float sensing switch in the hole with the pump, it will turn the pump on and off as a certain water level occurs, therefore you're basement will not flood as much as it did unless a large inrush occurs that is faster than the pump can pump out. The bad part is the floor in your basement is probably flat so it will take a fair amount of water on the floor to find the pump cavity before it triggers the pump, but you will be better than you were. As long as you keep that in mind and set everything important up on blocks to keep it off the floor a bit you should be able to prevent another basement flood. I would also make sure there is at least one layer of block (or row of tile if you are cheap LOL) around the base of the walls to prevent the bottom of the walls from getting soaked if the pump has to combat an inch or so of water.
Posted September 11, 2011 - 06:36 AM
Posted September 13, 2011 - 07:44 PM
Your water heater should have any controls that got wet replaced, other than that it should be OK. Your ac definately should be serviced. Try contacting your insurance again and see if they will at least give you the name of a contractor who deals with this sort of thing routinely. Your ac will indeed do a good job of removing moisture, but unless it is hot outside you will need to find a way to keep the heat up inside the house so that the water will continue to evaporate. A dehumidifier will do a better job long term, but your AC will remove a lot. Try getting several estimates for work you need to contract.
Again, sorry to hear about this.