Note to self: When you are in Leadville and the person watching your home in Longmont calls and says your basement is full of water, it is not good.
So this pipe blew while I was 100 miles away. Possibly could have been spraying for up to 24 hours prior to somebody calling it in. So they turned off the water and we began the battle of driving through ski traffic to reach our home in need. On the drive, we coordinated a plumber and a water mitigation company. Everybody was to arrive at 7PM and we go to work.
So this wall is along the back of the house. The water line might go to an outdoor hose bib. But that is several feet away so it either froze that far in or it was something else. No, we didn’t have a hose connected. When we found the situation, the water was pouring out of that vent in the ceiling.
They ripped up the pad really quick and tore off the soaked baseboards. The carpet is probably junk but the insurance adjustor makes that call I am told. For now, its being dried out with several industrial fans running 24×7. Two large dehumidifiers are also in place trying to remove the massive amount of moisture out of the basement. A few inches of standing water has to go somewhere.
Some of the walls near the break are soaked. You can push on them and they are soft. So the next step will be to tear some of those out next week and re-insulate the basement. Then get a contractor in and start the renovation.
Not a fun process. But we are working through it. The basement isn’t a necessary living space for us so its not a huge inconvenience. Hopefully, insurance picks up the tab and we get some new carpet and call it a wash.