Sunday, March 17, 2013

Keep Calm and Carry On

We had a disaster this week. Our basement was flooded. We have curtain drains underneath the basement floor that lead to a well in the corner of the basement. There is a sump pump in there that pumps the accumulated water to outside. We've had a record amount of snow and there was a day of heavy rain. The ground water swells and where can it go but underneath the foundation. Our sump pump failed to trigger last Tuesday evening and we had a lot of standing water. One room is furnished with carpeting and furniture. Fortunately, my wife was still in this room when it started. Had we gone to bed the water would have risen higher and there would have been much damage.
I thought of this poster that was intended for the British people during the beginning of WWII. Our disaster was minimal compared to a bombardment but it was sensible to keep this slogan in mind as we cleaned up the water, salvaged what is good to keep, hired a company to treat the carpet, and installed a new pump.
So, it's a positive idea to hold on to when inconveniences or disasters come along.


  1. I'm sorry to hear about your flooding problems, Robert. I presume your household insurance will cover the cost of repair and/or replacement?

    That sign seems to be making something of a comeback. I've seen it in various places in recent times, often with the wording slightly changed.

  2. Wow... that must have been really bad. I hope your insurance company will cover all the damages. Of course, everything is relative... even though nobody is happy when such a damage happens. Good of you to keep a positve thinking... It helps, anyway...