Many readers last week were moved by the plight of Harold and Peggy Wright and their sodden, moldy finished basement, which flooded after a deluge of rain early this month.
Herbert Wright is still working on the cleanup, between juggling his job as a mechanic with shuttling his disabled wife back and forth to adult daycare.
In the wake of Thursday’s column about them, readers offered a lot of good advice about basements and flooding, homeowners insurance and mold remediation. It’s worth sharing.
First, one update: The Wrights are preparing a claim with the Western Virginia Water Authority because the muck that entered their basement through some basement floor drains appears to have come from a sewer line.
It’s unclear yet whether that claim will be approved. But Tom Crawford of Bedford called me Thursday and said when something similar happened to him four years ago, the city covered all the cost of the repairs. (Bedford is now a town).
The key, Crawford added, is the location of a backup. If it’s a clog on a homeowner’s property, the cost of repairs is the homeowner’s responsibility. If the clog is off the property, damages may be the responsibility of the government or authority that maintains the sewer pipes.
An overwhelmed sewer line during a 200-year flood is often a different matter though.
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Note: This post has been changed to reflect the correct first name for Harold Wright.