water helps things grow. that's not always a good thing.

Do you know what happens after a flood? Things are wet. And when things are wet, mold grows. The basement reeks of mold growth.

Everything that was still left in the basement, but dry, now has to come upstairs.

It's a lot of work.

It's unhealthy.

It smells bad.

And it's getting mighty crowded up here.


Dharma Seeker said...

Hey L
Water damage isn't something you want to take any chances with (mould, air quality). If your landlord is insured the insurance company will bring a company in (probably within hours)to property dry things out and remove what needs to be removed. It is inconvenient but it's not worth taking a chance with your health. If you have a tenants policy you can report to your company if you aren't hearing back from your landlord. At the very least they can probably have someone come in and set up some industrial fans to start drying things up.

L-girl said...

Thanks, DS. I know mould is nothing to mess around wiht.

Our landlord is well insured, and I'm sure he'll get professional help with this. But he's out of town and unreachable right now. He doesn't even know about this yet!

We have tenants insurance but I haven't called yet. I'm not sure I want to file a claim if it will mean our rates increasing, especially since we can't really claim damages. Unless inconvenience counts as damage, but I don't think it does.

There's another nice thing about renting. If this turns into an ongoing nightmare, we'll just look for a new place to live. We'll see.

Dharma Seeker said...

Your rates might not go up... most companies have some form of claims forgiveness (the one I work for does). If you want to message me I would be happy to do some investigating for you tomorrow :)

L-girl said...

That's so nice of you, thank you for the offer.

We did have a one-time accident waiver on our auto insurance, but I don't know if there is one on our tenant policy.

After we make contact with our landlord, I'll get in touch if I need to. Thank you again, that's most nice of you.

impudent strumpet said...

Last time this happened to my parents, their insurance guy recommended Natura disinfectant spray and Spray Nine. You can get them both at Home Hardware, and probably elsewhere. You spray them on mold, it disappears - I've seen this happen with my own eyes.

The Natura is probably safer around the dogs (IANAV) because the active ingredient is thyme oil rather than some crazy chemical, but the Spray Nine will kill mold that the Natura won't.

(I know cleanup is your landlord's job, but in case you're tired of waiting around.)

L-girl said...

Thanks, Imp Strump! I never heard of either of those products, I'll be happy to get some.

Update: our landlord has been located. He's in Europe for the next two weeks (his family lives in Germany). He has his son on the case, they'll be getting estimates, etc.

He says it's the first time there's been flooding in this house in his 20 years of ownership. FWIW.

David Cho said...

Ouch! S sorry to hear about this Laura.