Well, guys, I know that you know we got some storms the last couple of days.  

I mean, at home, it woke me up!  I didn't have a lot of my windows up, but I did have couple cracked enough that I thought I'd better get up and shut 'em just to be sure. And, well, yeah.  There was water in the basement as well.

But then I got to work Wednesday  morning, and...

Well.  There was water EVERYWHERE.

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It had come in through our front door and just seeped into the rug and carpets.

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And not just in the front lobby.  All the way down the hall...

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Back up by the side door...

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And all the way back through the other side of the building!

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I'm sure you are dealing with this yourselves.  There was even a local day care (Honey Bear Daycare) that had to call us and report their closing because of flooding. We had to have some pros come by and deal with it.  But if you haven't dealt with this before, you might consult a post I made a few years ago about this very problem.  If you don't have the time or inclination to click that, here's the jist to be safe:

  • Is there a risk of electrical shock? If it's safe to get to your breaker box, turn off the power before you go down. If the breaker box is in the basement (like mine), call the power company or an electrician.
  • Do you smell gas?  If you do, hightail it. Call the gas company. You don't have time for that stuff.
  • Is the flood water contaminated? You might not know what has come in contact with this water.  Does it smell bad? Do you think it smells like a gas station bathroom? Don't risk it.
  • Is the flooded basement still structurally safe? If you have doubt, again, don't risk it. Call a pro to check it out. It's better to be safe than sorry, after all.

If all that checks out you can start to clean it up. Get your stuff out, drain the water, air out the rooms, and remove any rugs, basically.
Have you experienced any flooding with this week's storms?  What will you do fight it?

Stormily yours,
Behka

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