Flood!! Gruesome Pics follow.....
No not from Sandy. I actually got hit more than a month ago but I haven't had the heart to post about it until now after a little prompting.
What a mess
The offending sump pump has been replaced and I have also installed a battery back up sump pump just to make sure.
I was able to save my HT gear but the carpet, pad, and bottom 8 inches of drywall are toast. Even the bathroom will need some work.
I had a city dumpster delivered to my driveway and then continued to fill up that sum'bitch to the brim with my flood damaged basement. Oh, the dirty things that were coming out of my mouth on that day (more like a week). It took over a hundred hours working mostly by myself to clean it up and dry it out. Heavy duty carpet drying fan and dehumidifiers along with 5-6 more powerful fans and lots of work. (This is a different picture than the one I posted awhile back about my ceiling demo.)
Umm, yeah, I think the pad is done.
The rest of the house now gets to look like a bomb went off too from all of the displaced junk.
Tons more pics but I think that is enough.
I hope that this will prompt others to do regular checks on their sump pump and do what they can for the grading of their property, installing french drains, cleaning gutters, and whatever else it takes to prevent a catastrophe like this. And don't assume that you have sump pump insurance coverage unless it is explicitly stated. I had flood insurance but the sump pump coverage was an extra clause that I mistakenly left out of my contract. A very tough lesson. Life can be a merciless teacher sometimes.
Next post. A look on the bright side!