So, sometime Thurs night into Fri am, my sewer line was clogged (inside the house) and it backed up into my basement!
Half is finished and half just concrete walls and floors.
Plumber #1 came to snake out the line. As I stood there imagining the nightmare of cleaning it all up, he said insurance should cover ALL the cleanup!!! Recommended a great restoration company. They came within hours. Took plenty of pictures, tried to salvage what we could, even sat down and talked to the insurance company on the phone with me to start the claim. They immediately started vacuuming and ripping up the rugs. Sat. they came and started ripping out the damaged walls. We discovered a small crack in the sewer pipe (which was NOT where the backup was coming from and NOT covered by insurance) and found a leak in a heating pipe!
This would have had to be a separate claim, so we called in Plumber #2 to estimate that fix. So overpriced, we went with a "friend" to get the repair done.
In total we lost some personal possessions. The stereo speakers & equipment we had were older and not worth too much. The biggest loss was my 9 yr $1300 washing machine. Pipe above it backed up on and into it. But it is covered. HURRAY!
They had to rip out ALL carpet and flooring underneath, so we had to make some quick decisions on what "stuff" on the other side of the room to throw out, donate or keep. Amazing what all this accumulated junk boils down to in the end. The restoration guys told us to pile on any other junk we wanted to dispose of!
So, in the long run, we got 2/3 of our basement cleared out. A blessing in disguise since my DH and I would be exhausted taking the time to tackle all this alone. It was also good to find the heating pipe leak BEFORE we restored everything and it leaked later. We are planning to move in the next 2-3 yrs and have been slowly getting rid of stuff we won't take with us. Though we were going to wait a few months, we now have a big headstart with the basement!
Though the process is just beginning, we're trying to stay positive.
It'll take time for the insurance checks to come and to decide how much work we want to do to restore the basement in the next few weeks.
But things have a way of working out. I read 2 quotes recently that have helped a lot:
1) If this item was lost or broken, would you replace it?
2) Does this item make you happy or have sentimental value?
IF NO to #1 or #2 - - - - GET RID OF IT!!!
Keeping my head up and thanking God for the precious things I DO still have: my family and friends!