Yesterday started like the day before, the pump cycling every so often and doing a yeoman job of keeping up with the water in the sump area despite its age, probably 30 years old. The rising water pushed through the floor and the carpet on the finished side showed wet footprints. The furnace depression had accumulated water and we shut the furnace off. Then, around 8:30 am or thereabouts, we lost power in most of Warwick: no pump! Within 30 minutes the water started rising from the sump area on to the floor. The pictures below show the basement before it was totally flooded and when it was beginning to receive more water.
Around 12:15 PM
The water now totally covered the area all the way to the far corners of the basement. The still water created some kind of a surreal mirror image of the few things resting in it. The power did not return until around 1:30 pm or so. Then “The Little Pump That Could” started pumping out water for a couple of hours and managed to get the floor mostly free of water. But the carpet and the other items that got soaked are damaged already.
We went out about 4:00 pm to see the raging Pawtuxet River to take some photographs, eat some supper and return. I will post some photographs from that late afternoon later on. ServPro disaster response company rep came to look at the situation at 7:00 pm. The plan is for them to come today, April 3, 2010, suck as much water from the carpet before cutting it and dumping it along with the foam padding. Then they will clean all the floor and apply an antimicrobial solution to prevent mold and mildew. Their large dehumidifiers and blowers will be running for three days. Afterward, they will apply the chemical once more. We are hoping that by then the water table would have gone down and we will not get more water. The photographs below are from yesterday afternoon when there was visible water.
This too shall pass.