We live in a semi-arid part of the US. We don’t get much rain. The rain, when it falls, is usually no more than a quarter of an inch at a time. This has lulled me and Husband into a false sense of security when it comes to our gutters and down spouts. Why make a point to clear out the spouts when it hardly ever rains? Why check to make sure that the spouts are fully functional?
For the second time in the 30 years we have lived in our home, we have water damage in the basement due to our rain spout neglect. The first time the extension that takes the water away from the house fell off, so the water poured out of the spout right along the foundation of the house. The water traveled along the side of the house and came into the basement through a hole in the basement wall where a well pipe enters the basement foundation. We replaced all the basement carpet.
This most recent time, the down spout was clogged with leaves, so the water poured over the gutter right by the foundation and traveled into an egress window and soaked the drywall and carpet below the window in a basement bedroom. We rarely go into that room, and I discovered wet carpet and moldy drywall on Friday, about a month after the rain. It smells pretty grisly. I suspect we need to replace the carpet in that room, and the drywall guy is coming Monday to check out the drywall. I am pretty disgusted with our lack of diligence. I feel pretty stupid flooding our home for the second time. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have one’s entire house damaged by water.
What mistakes have you made with home ownership and maintenance?