Alright. I realize it's not really the great flood but it sure does feel like it. Late last week the city warned residents in my neighborhood of possible basement flooding due to a repair to a major sewer line nearby. When my basement drain wasn't draining well, I thought it must just be from the city's work.
I was wrong. They finished fixing the sewer line on Friday but the problem in my basement persists. Now, I know what the problem is. I have some very beautiful and mature trees in my yard. Every two or three years the roots grow into the pipe in my front yard and I have to call for help. The pros will be out this afternoon.
The damage to my basement is minimal. It is affecting a small area of carpeting. I have had success getting it to clean up in the past and hope I can have success again. I start with the wet/dry vacuum and get up as much as I can. I will then use the carpet shampooer to suck up as much additional water as possible. After that, I will leave a fan on it for a couple days and hope for the best. I have pretty signifcant allergies to mold and mildew so it won't take long for me to find out if it doesn't work. It has worked in the past though so I have hope. I'll know in a couple of days.
I was planning to take the kids swimming today but that is no longer possible. The basement has to get cleaned up first. At least I am off work today and will have time to work on it. Stay tuned for the great clean up!