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Windows 7: Basement apartment flooded

13 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 x64 Professional
Basement apartment flooded

So yea I finally got back into my place today, my buddies who live upstairs let me and my other roommates stay up there for the night, but heres where it starts.

Yesterday around 7pm me and my one roommate were about to head out to town we had our coats and shoes on and I turn around to look water started pour out from under our sub floor to the kitchen, and I told him he said the only thing that was an understatement F%#%, and one of our buddies from upstairs came down because he heard him swear, seeing us grab the big screen tv, his computer, speakers, couch and other random stuff on the floor up onto higher grounds, we called our landlord and he thought my roommate was kidding he came finally, with a 30 gallon shop vac and another guy, but that was hard work I was walking up and down the stairs with it full dumping it and coming back down, about 25 times, the city came to snake our pipes in the bathroom but that was not the cause our sump pump was working over time because the sump room was full of water, and then the city guys said hey unplug the sump pump for a second, and we had our hardwood flooring pretty much saved, then we said okay, and then all of a sudden water started pouring out from the baseboards and the shop vac was filling up in 5 seconds it was just too much, our landlord was freaking out because he did not know what to do the sump pump was not working he didn't have rubber boots either.

I tried contacting my other roommate to hurry up and get home because he was out curling and drinking, and he said "Ill be back later" we were kind of like yea okay we will remember this next time, then I go to my room to find my room starting to fill with water, I started unplugging everything my power bar was half way deep in water I threw everything I could get on my bed, luckily I didn't lose anything at all, just wet clothing on the floor, then the roommate who was out his room started getting water in it and I called him and he came as fast as he could typical when his stuff is in trouble he wants to come, so at this time the water is about 4" deep luckily we had a sub floor to all the bedrooms and kitchen area, we found out a main water line busted outside on our main street, luckily we get water from another water line, but the city started digging about a 30foot deep hole, and we had service master here using a jet pump that pumped a lot more water than our shop vac for sure, at this time our hardwood floor was floating so when he finished sucking the water out he helped us take the flooring outside then he cleaned up the concrete with jet pump and sucked the water out of our carpets in our bedrooms and laid some anti mold spray on our carpets, and for the sub floor I have no idea if there is going to be mold but the way the house is set up is slanted to move all the water to drain on one end, I haven't slept I have been all over the place stressed out this was the craziest thing that has happened and I even have pictures enjoy looking it was just wow.... and the service master left us 2 industrial sized fans and 1 industrial sized humidifier to dry our place out.

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13 Feb 2011   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

WOW Nick,

What an adventure in water world. I sure hope to much wasn't damaged.
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13 Feb 2011   #3

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

Good grief!

I'm glad your stuff is OK. What a mess...
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13 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 x64 Professional

Oh I am surprised there was not a lot more damage than the flooring, I tell you, water is good to drink but it causes a lot of damage, I am just happy it was not raw sewage, then we would have just left, I don't even have insurance I am very well considering getting some after this, its proved anything can happen and just 13 dollars can cover everything so I could just push everything in and get new stuff! :P
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13 Feb 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Sure glad the damage to your personal effects was minor. Used to live in a ground floor apartment. Apartment above mine blew out a water pipe and gravity did the rest. Everyone was at work so nobody noticed anything for hours. Right after that I moved to an upper apartment and got renter's insurace. Stuff does happen!
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13 Feb 2011   #6

windows 7 Pro 64Bit

It is amazing how quick those things can happen, lucky you were able to avoid total loss.
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13 Feb 2011   #7

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

Maybe you said and I missed it, but did you determine the exact source of the water?
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13 Feb 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Sorry to here about your ordeal sir... Nasty results!
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13 Feb 2011   #9
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Sorry to hear that, good thing it didn't happen 5 minutes later, after you had all left! I had a ground floor apartment once. The guy on the 3rd floor started his tub filling, and then fell asleep on the couch. I started to hear what sounded like water running in pipes, but in the walls. then water started coming out of the light fixture in my bathroom! I didn't lose any of my possessions, but because it was hot water, they had to pull up all the carpets and padding. Will never move into anything but top floor again. Let me be the noisy guy upstairs :)

A Guy
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13 Feb 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

Thats awful ! where did all the water come from ?
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