Dry We Must!

Adding to the drama of the sewer back-up into the basement, we have to deal with the carpet and sheet rock that got wet. First the smell, of course, but more importantly: the risk of mold and rot.

The fine folks from a carpet / wall drying service arrived within minutes of our calling them. They have a cool device that they hold against a wall and it tells them how wet they are. Sheetrock acts like a sponge; some of the walls were wet up to 12-inches. Further, boxes of magazines and old books in both rooms (one was my office) were soaked at the bottom, begging to be unpacked (I did a lot of recycling).

De-humidifierWith a $500 deposit, they were busy at work, pulling up the old carpet and hauling it away. Turns out the indoor / outdoor carpeting was glued to the cement floor (why would anyone do this?), so no hopes of drying it out and reinstalling it.

No matter. It was hideous anyway.

Industrial_FanOnce the carpet was up, they wheeled in 10 air movers (big fans, in the shape of a nautilus shell) and two massive de-humidifiers to pull moisture out of the air. They hooked a 220-110 volt converter to the dryer plug so the load wouldn’t blow all the circuits in the house (the de-humidifiers alone pull 10 amps each).

It sounds like planes are taking off and landing in the basement at the moment, but the air is definitely more dry and the concrete floor is no longer moist. They come back for their gear on Tuesday.

I am not looking forward to the power bill this month.

:: shudder ::

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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