Smart People

Some People Are Just Too Smart

I don’t know why some people are so adamant about getting basements in areas with a high water table. Honestly, it is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. When I lived back in Los Angeles, I had a neighbor who desperately wanted to build a basement in her new home. And, surprisingly enough, even when the engineers and construction workers told her the potential issues with a basement so close to the ocean, she just threw money at them and told them to do their job. (Yeah, this woman was a real piece of work).

And Then The Rains Came

So, as the rest of the neighbors watched her build this huge house with a basement, I was shaking my head and just waiting for the rainy season to come. Unsurprisingly, when the rainy season came, my neighbor’s basement was flooded. So, she had to call a water damage restoration company to “waterproof” her home for the second time. And by “waterproofing” I mean that she had to seal up the windows that were remotely close to the ground because that is how all of the water got in. She has so much water in the basement that I didn’t think it was even worth having such a small basement. Her basement is literally only five and a half feet tall and it is probably only about one hundred and twenty square feet. Really, lady? You paid a huge amount of money for a basement that people cannot stand up in? Ugh, some people.

Storing Your Things In A Basement

When you are thinking about where to store your stuff, plan for the worst. You need to think about all of the potential water damage that you could sustain in the areas where you are storing your stuff. Think about where you are storing things and what could happen. Lots of people use their basement for storage. I know some people who use their basements purely for storage. This makes a bit of sense. When you’re planning this you best consider a basement flood. There could be some problems that go along with that. You need to be aware that (hole in the ground) the basement is the first place to get flooded. You need to know that everything you store in the basement will get soaked in a flood. That means you need to think about what you are store in the basement. If it is an album full of old and valuable family photos, important documents or electronics, you may want to consider the attic. There are other places where you can store those types of things where they are less likely to be damaged by water. But if you are storing your weight set or your fishing gear, who cares if it gets wet? Go ahead and store all of your stuff like that in the basement. It is a great place to put things that are able to get wet. But do not store stuff that can be damaged by water.