My basement is a watering hole

Amin Sabet

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6 inches of standing water in our basement, and the rain is still coming down. This is the first time we've flooded in this house, and the worst part was that all our kids' baby picture albums were casualties. I still have the negatives and digital copies, but those prints meant a lot. I know that this is no big deal in the big scheme of things, but I'm really kicking myself for storing important prints so close to a basement floor.
 

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sorry to hear the bad news..... hope that you can dry out soon.

BTW... what's a basement? Here in Florida... dig a basement, get a pool...
 

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6 inches of standing water in our basement, and the rain is still coming down. This is the first time we've flooded in this house, and the worst part was that all our kids' baby picture albums were casualties. I still have the negatives and digital copies, but those prints meant a lot. I know that this is no big deal in the big scheme of things, but I'm really kicking myself for storing important prints so close to a basement floor.
Amin - We had the same in France, stored stuff in cardboard boxes "below ground floor" - we had some guys in tiling a new floor - middle of a hot summer - they left the doors open to dry things out - we live on a hill - "tropical" storm - torrential rain - a foot of water - through the vines - down the garden collecting mud - in through the back door and out through the front - but on the way it filled a few boxes, prints and negatives - as well a leaving a "tide mark" on some of our furniture.

We now maintain the "ditches" each year
 

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Amin, I really sorry this happened. I know other's, as well who've had this happen.:frown: I have much to be thankful for - our basement is a dungeon...and my husband's workshop...but everthing is on wheels raised up... That said, water is better than a sewer backup...which happened to us. Not that this helps you.

Thank goodness you have negatives and more, but I know how I'd feel if I lost our family albums, etc.
 

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Amin,
I feel for ya. Is there a drain or cleanout in the floor?
The issue after the cleanup is MOLD.

The prints can be rewashed and treated with Perma Wash. This should save most.
If you don't have a darkroom, you can send them to me and I'll treat them for you.
Don
 

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Sorry to hear that. Provided your prints are actual prints and not printouts from an inkjet printer, I second streetshooter : dip them in fresh water (I imagine you've had enough of it, but still...), wash them without anything but water, and hang them to dry. That's pretty much all that's needed for modern RC coated paper. Parma Wash is a nice plus, but not absolutely necessary.
 

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Amin,

So sorry to hear about your troubles. I had a basement flood about 12 years ago. Street's right about the mold issue. We hired professionals to clean up. Good luck with everything.
 

Amin Sabet

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Thanks everyone, especially Don for offering to treat my prints! We're doing the whole pumps/wet vac/blower/dehumidifier dance now. I know this is a really common situation, so I probably should even be venting about it.
 

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Amin,
We all learn swimming pools don't belong in the basement.
My flood was 3 years ago and I lost half my archive of platinum prints.
My offer stands..,..
 

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So sorry to hear about this Amin, hope you recover all of your precious images...

Cheers

Brian
 

Amin Sabet

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Our insurance doesn't cover for this, already checked. They were nice enough to tell us that even if we had flood insurance, which we don't, that it wouldn't cover for basements :rolleyes:.
 

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Same here, if the water comes from inside I'm covered..but from nature....forget it...
I lost thousands.....
My 11 x 14 Deardorff was floating.....whatever.....anyway...good luck....
 

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Amin, Sorry dude... Happens to the best of us... I don't print much but what I do I keep in a pretty big safe in my storage unit....
 

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Our insurance doesn't cover for this, already checked. They were nice enough to tell us that even if we had flood insurance, which we don't, that it wouldn't cover for basements :rolleyes:.
Little satisfaction, but at least you didn't pour your money down the sewer and hopefully used it to good endeavours (like buying in :43: gear).

We jurist have a word for insurances : By contract, all warranties expire the day before disaster strikes.

It's so true it's not even funny anymore.
 
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