One of the washers on the water meter coming into the house has slowly worn away with time. We are not sure exactly how long it was leaking, or spraying to be precise. This would have been a much smaller issue if we had been home. I’m in the storage room where our water meter is located on a daily basis since our extra refrigerator is there. A good tip we were given for the future is to put a metal pail under the meter so that if there is a leak you with hear the “ping as the water drips.” I will be using that tip! We called the town water department emergency line (it was Sunday evening) and someone came within 15 minutes to fix the leak.
So I now have a lot of work ahead of me from drying the basement out all the way to bringing it back to what is used to look like. All the items down there are just things. Things are replaceable. The only items I was concerned about were our photo albums, including all my kids baby pictures. Those were determined to be safe since mold is the real issue here. I’ll explain all the steps we had to take in case this ever happens to you.