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Old 10-27-2008, 01:53 AM   #1
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Last month we experienced a major flood in our town which allowed river overflow and sewer water to sit in many home in our neighborhood for 5 days before draining. All the work that is before us led me to this website and I'm VERY glad to have found it! Hope to give all of you some interesting challenges since not many people in our area have ever been through something like this!

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Old 10-27-2008, 07:52 AM   #2
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Hello, I am very sorry to hear about all that damage.

I'm sure that this site will be a great help to you.

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Old 10-27-2008, 08:57 AM   #3
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if your insurance covers water damage, let the pros come in and do it. it'll be faster that way. however, if not, then maybe a hot water pressure washer and a sump pump or wet vac to clean up the walls and floors. *ick* sewage...
welcome to the forums, lots of help here.

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Old 10-27-2008, 10:23 AM   #4
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After drying out for 4 weeks from flood water and cleaning we are starting at the bottom. The 20 x 24 size crawl space under living room and kitchen has been gravel for 45 years. Since we have good access through main level floor joists, I want to put a cement pad in the crawl. The exterior drain tile that exists, original to home (45 yrs), runs right through the middle of the crawl space. After inspecting a length of 12" of the drain tile, is it safe to pour the 4" of concrete over tile, or should we leave open a 6" gap in the concrete to access this tile in the future? Also, is adding interior drain tile for hydrostatic pressure plus the existing exterior drain tile overkill? Building inspectors and contractors haven't been much help with this.
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