02 June 2009
And now the drying out can begin!!!
Well, after rapidly gathering my soldiers back into their plastic tubs and taking the table down this morning, the several days of drying out can take place in the next room (grumble, grumble). As I mentioned yesterday, it really wasn't that tragic. There was never any standing water, and nothing was damaged, but the carpet was thoroughly soaked. Sopping wet might be a more apt term. So, I've taken it up off the concrete floor, emptied the dehumidifier, and restarted it. It ran all night long and was almost full this morning.
When this happened early last fall, it took about five days for everything in that part of Zum Stollenkeller to dry out completely. Fortunately, the room where my office is and the central part of the basement, where my band keeps its equipment and practices, doesn't seem to take in water when we have really heavy rain. It just seems to be one corner of the furnace room and the room where my gaming table resides.
I suppose it could be much worse than the forced conclusion of a game. The colonial-era stone farmhouse where I grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania regularly got 3/4" or more of water in it when we had heavy summer rains, despite having a concrete floor and drain. The reason had to do with a high water table in the area and several natural springs around my grandparents' land on which the house sat. And there was a stream about twenty-five feet in front of the house that came up out of its banks after heavy rains several times each spring and summer, which didn't always help things either. Sigh. Well, at least the Grand Duchess and I don't have those problems!