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Forced basement declutter

Posted by peegee (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 7, 14 at 18:21

My nearly 12year old water heater's pressure valve went, flooding part of the basement. Talk about having to make fast decisions for sopping wet stuff mostly all "Yes, trash it".
Thankfully I had done a lot of purging previously removing one-thing-each-time on most trips back upstairs but had stopped that awhile back due to some mobility issues. I mention this as I had been recently thinking about the age of my hw heater and nasty consequences if it goes....but didn't act on it. Oops. It could have been worse, but was still a major inconvenience and PITA for me and my DD who came over to help and frankly did most of the grunt work including tediously cutting up a large carpet that was just fine all these years. Lost a few special things, too. Luckily a lot was up on rolling storage carts. But too much stuff made it harder than necessary. Hope some people will assess their basement storage choices....and take action if needed!


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RE: Forced basement declutter

Thanks for letting us learn from your mistakes!
Best of luck with the clean-out.


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RE: Forced basement declutter

Thanks, Talley! It's funny that I had been thinking about this possibility recently, but still did nothing about moving anything, or even replacing the tank....but it's cleaner down there now, for sure!


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I had been getting the same nagging thought about getting a new water heater - probably for about a month. Finally acted on it, got the new heater - and am now wondering if that is why I always had water on the floor (luckily mine is just used for basement storage and not family use). Glad I finally got moving!


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Been there a couple of times at my last home, but it was a broken washer hose and another time a running stool. I have not been one to store things, if I don't use them in a year or two I get rid of it. In this home I have a concrete floor in the utility room with a drain. I have everything up off the floors, tables, shelving etc.. Even in the garage I have the long heavy tables along the walls and keep stuff off the floor. It saves a lot of bending.


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Sorry to hear about your incident peegee. I recall hearing something about the insurance institute saying they pay out a lot of home claims over broken washer hoses (which should be checked once a year) and broken water heaters. It's a good reminder for all of us to check on those things, they don't last forever, that's for sure.


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Thanks Nessie! I have been religious about using the shut offs each and every time I use my washer so I have never been too concerned, but if I'm able to move, I want my laundry on the main floor, not in the basement....I suspect I'll be a little more worried about it then, but the tradeoff to not having to go down into the basement will be worth it I hope. I will also look into tankless - hoping that that option may eliminate the risk altogether? The fact is, I still have too much stuff everywhere, including the basement, and if I ever hope to move, I need to be working harder at eliminating s*t*u*f*f !!


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It is essential that one can get the house with basement because it is the area where one can make this kind of things happy and warm.


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I've lived all over the country in homes with and without basements.
I've concluded that it's better not to have one.


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