So it was a little worse than we thought and last night as the room began to smell of mildew we ripped up the carpet and pad as well as some of the cork floor. Fortunately, the water under the cork was minimal, the water under the carpet was much more significant. How about an illustration:
This is the synthetic jute — not supposed to hold water — pad that was under the carpet after being outside last night. No, we didn’t dump a cooler on it, that’s ice that formed from the water draining. So the pad is going in the trash. The carpet shows no signs of mildew and has been drying on the deck all day. We’re running a dehumidifer in the room and it is getting the water out of the concrete. I think we’ll do a bleach wash on the concrete floor just to be safe before we have the carpet reinstalled. What a big pain.
And now to the PSA portion of this post. It turns out there are these things called water alarms that work much like smoke detectors — they go off if they get wet. They cost $10 each. Um, yeah, a five pack is now on it’s way to our house. One is going next to the water heater, one under the kitchen sink, one in our notoriously prone to flood laundry room and I’m sure the other two will find potentially wet homes as well. So we’ve never used them before, clearly, but if they work they sure could be a lifesaver, or at least help you have a better birthday.