On Saturday, as I was getting ready for work, at 6:00 in the morning, I heard a “swooshing” sound coming from the air vent on the floor. So I went downstairs to check it out and found water POURING in from the window frame in the craft room. Water, water everywhere! Soon I discovered that the problem was likely a burst water pipe for the outside spigot. I turned off the water to the house and spent the rest of the day trying to find a plumber (did I mention that I was having an Oscar party the next day?)
We have had water problems before, and the core problems have been resolved with a combination of internal drain tiles, re-grading of the land, and back up Sump Pumps. But there is always the possibility that we will have water in the lowest level of our home.
Everything we have lost to water can be replaced- except for photographs. The photographs that my grandparents took and my parents took and the albums they created- all of those are literally irreplaceable. So, we store them upstairs in a very secure , very dry place- not in the basement. The basement is a finished basement with a family room, 2 bedrooms , a bathroom and several storage rooms. We can get lured into thinking that this is regular living space like the upper level, but it is not. It is always in danger of having water leak in from somewhere.
So, I beg you- take your photographs out of the basement and store them in a place where you would store your most precious valuables. Because, in the spectrum of life , that is what they are…