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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Evacuated 2011 - Day 15 - July 6, 2011

Yesterday we learned the city is setting up teams of inspectors to check out the houses. When we are able to get to our house we will call the inspectors in to evaluate the condition of the house. If it is deemed repairable, we will start the renovation process. We will begin by slowly pumping out the basement, 2- 3 feet at a time. If you pump it all at once their is danger of the foundation collapsing. While that is in process we will start removing all the carpet on the main floor. Once that is done we will make the decision on what to do with the floors. We will see if the hardwood under the carpet is worth saving. We will also evaluate the condition of our kitchen cabinets. After the basement is free of water the next step is to empty it. First to go will be the stuff left behind that we had no time to get out. Then it will be all the sheetrock and insulation. The electrical will be the first thing to replace. Anything that got wet will have to go. When electrical is in the next thing will be a water heater. One of the furnaces will go in prior to winter, the second later and the central air conditioner will be done next year. But, nothing can start until the water is down enough to get to the house and get the initial inspection done. 

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