Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Plumbers and fans and carpet, oh my!

Well...our basement today is looking lots better than it did 24 hours ago. Turns out our sump pump was done for. For those who don't know what one is (that would be me 24 hours ago), it's a pump which sits under the house and pumps out all the ground water which gathers under or next to the basement, supposedly keeping the house dry. The motor on ours was completely broken, so after his initial visit and crawl under the house with Iain he had to go down to Denver to pick up the new pump. In the meantime Iain went to get a submersible pump - we couldn't believe how much came gushing out into the back yard...pretty scary stuff! We're glad we weren't away on vacation or even just gone overnight; it would have been awful to come home to. The restoration guys came by lunchtime and got their big extractors and fans going, so they'll be here for a few days and then they'll come back and replace the carpet and pad which was damaged. Poor Iain, he fell asleep before 8 last night...

Jamie and I went shopping today. He was badly in need of a few pairs of pants after a recent growth spurt. We got to the mall, found his pants, bought some cool stationery at Papyrus, had a cookie at Mrs. Fields :) and headed home! It was nice to get out after all the house drama yesterday.

I see it this way: it could have been lots worse - I mean, it could have been sewer water, not ground water. Then we would have been in real trouble :) Happy Wednesday!


Noelia March 21, 2007 at 4:36 PM  

So glad your problems are over and that not much was ruined or spoiled with the water. I hope you ended up taking a nap after being up so late.

Allison March 22, 2007 at 12:01 AM  

Great card...hope your luck on the homefront improves!

Jill March 22, 2007 at 4:46 AM  

Too bad you had to learn about pumps the hard way. Glad it was clean water though. WAY too cute on the card!!!!!! Jill

Amberley March 23, 2007 at 9:40 AM  

We just got over basement problems too. We bought a new house a few months ago and had to jackhammer alot of the floor to put in a drain. Not so much fun!