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Old 07-07-2011, 09:40 PM
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So the torrential downpours this evening left the basement filled with water. It's a finished garden-level or subgrade, whatever you want to call it basement. We do a lot of living down there. I have a 4 gallon wet vac and I've emptied it 16 times. And, there's still a long way to go.

Will I need to replace carpet and padding, as no matter how much I vacuum, the padding underneath is wet and won't that produce mold?
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:43 PM
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Unfortunately, I would say yes, replace it. Homeowners flood insurance?
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:58 PM
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get all the water up and then put a couple carpet fans in.
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Your insurance may pay for disaster recovery contractors too, call your agent.

Otherwise... yeah, that pad will never dry out.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:32 PM
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Insurance unlikely to pay for flooding. Rent fans at Home Depot and dry it out as best as you can for a few days. Get a dehumidifier if you can. A disaster recovery company will cost a few thousand. Bottom foot or two if your drywall is also wet.

Mold needs sustained saturation to grow. Dry it out. Keep the air moving for a few days at least and a de-humidifier for weeks.
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I would say replace. That mildew smell is hell to get out. Sorry to hear you having a crappy evening.
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This isn't the condo Carlton, is it?
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I had the same thing happen a few years ago. I called State Farm and they paid to have people come out and get the water up and deploy fans, etc. We did not have to replace the carpet or pad.
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Sorry to hear about the problems. Hopefully insurance will help out.
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So the torrential downpours this evening left the basement filled with water. It's a finished garden-level or subgrade, whatever you want to call it basement. We do a lot of living down there. I have a 4 gallon wet vac and I've emptied it 16 times. And, there's still a long way to go.

Will I need to replace carpet and padding, as no matter how much I vacuum, the padding underneath is wet and won't that produce mold?
Carlton, I do flood work. Give me a call if you can not find someone to take care of your problem, 303-929-7230. I was out till 11:00 last night doing floods. Give me a call and I can atleast give you some advise where to start. With this being a water loss due rain comming in from the ground it is not a covered loss. Dan
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