Sunday, September 7, 2008

Oh, Hanna (or The Flooded Basement of 2008)

Oh, Hanna. We liked you -- even considered you as a name for our unborn child. But, oh Hanna. No longer. No way. Not now that you have come into our lives and completely flooded the basement of the home we purchased slightly over a year ago. How could you?

Yes, I'm talking about the basement that is the crux of this house! The playroom (for both children and adults) where we spend the bulk of our time! The one that we re-finished, laid new carpet, and *thought* we had successfully waterproofed -- that one!

So, I anticipate spending a little less time blogging in the near future. You'll find me instead, BANGING MY HEAD AGAINST THE WALL, beating myself up for all the money I wasted on slurpees, sushi, and even on Thomas trains when we could have been saving for a catastrophe.

Okay, so maybe using the word "catastrophe" is the glass-half-empty side of my personality coming through. Fine. Seems this is as good as any to let it come though, eh?

2 comments:

dvdmon said...

Ugh! So sorry, Jill! That blows! We had a flood a few years back (before Zia) when we realized our sump pump had died. We hadn't done a ton of work on our basement though, but it was still pretty costly, I can't imagine how horrible it must be to have this happen after all the time and energy you put into the basement. How much did it flood? Do you have pix?

We actually got some water in our basement with Hanna as well, but luckily it only showed up in our bathroom and laundry room, which are both on the southeast side of the house. Apparently even a french drain can't stand up to 3+ inches in 24 hours...

JCB said...

Thanks for the empathy Levi. It was completely flooded by the time the rain started to let up. Everything was under at least an inch -- up to two or three -- of water (depending on the location). Now we turn exploring the big fix so it doesn't happen again...