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Black Light carpet bites the dust!

My poor blacklight carpet has survived two major floods in the basement.  The first time it was still rolled up during the final days of construction and didn’t get that wet.  The second time it had been newly installed and required professional cleaning and drying with new pad.  It wasn’t so lucky the third time around.  With record rainfall here in the Midwest my poor carpet didn’t stand a chance!

The good news is that I was able to determine where the water is getting into the basement – of course only in my game room – and no games were damaged. The bad news is that my expensive black light carpet and pad is now garbage at the curb.  My window wells filled with water and dumped their contents into my work space and game room, flooding the basement.  I put calls into the various disaster recovery places to get my name on the “list” as soon as possible.  Then I did my best to mitigate the damage.  Vacuumed up about 50 gallons of water with a loaner Bissell and kept an eye on rainfall, pumping out my window wells when necessary.  I pulled out the pad, but in the process I ripped some of the re-seamed carpet seam edges, damaging the BL carpet.  I also discovered a small patch of mold under the carpet!  Was it from this time or the last time, I don’t know, but I couldn’t mess around with mold and I yanked it all.  I found a few more patches of mold, so I guess it was for the best.  My poor BL carpet now lies dead at the curb, having a very short yet glorious life in my game room.  You will be missed.  What to do now?  I can’t be 100% sure of the repair to the window wells, so I think I’ll be throwing tile down in the game room.  Stinks, but its better than dealing with this BS every 6 months or so.  If I don’t get water for a few years maybe I can revisit the carpet idea.  Here are a few photos.

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