Well That Was Unexpected

Some time back in March I was preparing to write a nice quick post to show the new paint color in the kitchen, but, plans change!

After a few mild weather days I noticed the basement was smelling a bit musty. Each day the smell got stronger and stronger but we couldn’t discover the source and figured we’d just buy a dehumidifier. Until something caught my eye

Sumosac
Yummy

If you can’t tell, that’s Jon’s Sumo Sac. Soaked. At this view, I hadn’t moved it at all-that’s how much water it had been absorbing. For who knows how long. We took it outside immediately and discovered that about 40% of the floor was wet-mostly in low traffic areas which is why we never noticed it.

We started pulling up the carpet and realized it wasn’t going to be salvageable. Neither was the foam underneath. We ended up removing half of the tack strips, all of the trim in the closet and the trim along the baseboard after Jon discovered that’s where it was entering.

All the water traveled and collected right at the baseboard!
All the water traveled and collected right at the (electric) baseboard!
Mold on the closet trim
Mold on the closet trim
Mold on the closet tack strips. Yum.
Mold on the closet tack strips. Yum.

Technically, it shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise. One weekend in January we had water collecting in the unfinished portion of the basement at the base of the bulkhead after a heavy rain melted the snow. We had a professional come out and he recommended a sum pump. We decided to wait until the spring to install and would monitor the water. I saw water in the basement maybe twice more and at no point did we see it along the finished wall so we didn’t think it was entering the finished side.

Long story short (medium length?), we had to replace the carpeting in the entire basement including Jon’s nerd room. Womp, womp. BUT. We didn’t really like the carpeting that was there to begin with, so I consider it a win! I (briefly) considered  laying tile down instead, but I just didn’t want to commit the time or energy to installing it to be honest.

Oh, and we had the sum pump installed.

Oooooooh pretty
Oooooooh pretty

And I sealed the floors before installing the carpet, we should have almost no problem with moisture now.

This was a quick, affordable preventive step we added to the process last minute
This was a quick, affordable preventive step we added to the process last minute

We’ve been without carpet for about one month now. Until today!

Check out our brand new so soft carpeting! I loooooove it!

 

I seriously contemplated sleeping on it tonight
I seriously contemplated sleeping on it tonight
Up next - paint!
Up next – paint!

I am hoping to get new paint on the wall this weekend. Obviously you would attempt to do this before the carpet is installed, however I ran out of time and I’ll just have to be very careful. That, and I don’t have a color picked out yet! Stay tuned 🙂

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