Flood - RonO's Ramblings
|Oct. 15th, 2009 07:31 am Flood3 comments - Leave a comment |
When evaluating the books, consider if they're even *worth* putting in the time on finding a value for, filling out paperwork, etc., or if the flood just did you a favor in forcing you to re-consider their value. And I say this not as one of those people who say "pitch it if you haven't used/looked at it in a year", but as a packrat who's been through a basement flood (fortunately, most of our boxes were safe, see below) and has had to do the sort-and-pitch.
For future storage, short 2x4s up on edge, with two or three other 2x4s laid across them to support boxes and whatnot, like so:
| | | (front view)
That'll get stuff up out of a lot of small leaks, under garage door seepage, etc.
Since this should be an insurance claim, I'd like to be able to report the real value of the loss -- even if we don't bother actually replacing them. If this was an old water heater, or we owned the house, I might not be as worried about getting an estimate on many of them.
Of course Tara's ideas may differ -- I think she's pretty mad and wants value from someone.
When you put the stuff back in the garage consider getting some pallets to put the boxes and whatever on. We have found that pallets are just high enough keep things out of most accidental plumbing and minor rain floods - we have had experience with both.
When the water gets to be 2 feet deep not too much will help except moving everything upstairs - something I also have experience with :)