I've never really heard those two words used in conjunction with each other until today. That water heater was secretly plotting against us: while we were focused on the visible damage in the furnace room and my craft room, there was invisible damage being done. It didn't really occur to us to check the carpeted side of the basement and we weren't really doing any lounging down there at the time, so we didn't walk over the WET carpet until Sunday night. (I'm sure we used to be more thorough in our inspection of household disasters; parenthood seems to have distracted us).
So. We steam-cleaned the carpet late on Sunday night, trying to suck up as much of the offending water as possible... but to no avail. The extension service at Iowa State tells us that mold and mildew are probably brewing underneath our feet, in the cheapest of places: the carpet pad. Homeowners' Policy Packet in hand, I called the insurance this morning to see if there was anything that could be done. (We were hoping they'd say "So glad you called! Why don't you go over and pick out a nice, inexpensive beige berber to replace that hideous grey (and wet) carpet you've got there--we'll have our people move all your stuff and it'll be done by tomorrow.") Ha. Instead, she started talking about water mitigation, water loss, big fans, cutting patches of carpet...all well under the deductible, most likely. Because the water heater isn't covered—rusting out the bottom at the ten year point is normal wear and tear. Information that would have been helpful LAST MONTH!
There will be different plans in the Dillow household. We will do this project ourselves. It will mean we keep the current carpet, but it will also mean we get to stay out of the poor house for another month. And really, that's a worthy goal in life, don't you think?
I promise, this will be the last day for water heater stories. Because next to turning this into a cooking blog, there's nothing worse than a water heater blog. This means you'll always have to wonder about what in the world caused me to call the furnace company in a panic when our water heater bottomed out in Cheyenne. I am finished telling water heater stories. : )