First off, let me make it clear I love having a basement.....BUT with basements comes some negative aspects as well.
It started about two weeks ago when my son comes up explaining to me the basement carpet was wet. So I head down to see why and what was wrong. It was one long line of wetness and that was all I could see. So I grabbed a towel and began soaking it up saying "ellie must have spilled her sippy cup of water". Well, about 3 days later my son comes up once again and says "mom, the same spot is wet again". This time I rush down and do a bit more searching.
I open up the basement closet that goes under the stairs and wow.....stench galore!! Smelled like stale water. Once I walked into the closet my socks get soaked!! Then I notice this.....
So I call nick and ask if its ok I start pulling up carpet so this can dry? He doesn't think its necessary actually and so I get out the fans and start drying it out as best as I can. In the meantime I figure out where the leak is (from the heater) and put a dish under it to catch the water and will let nick figure that out when he gets home.
Ok, so I really really knew this needed dried out properly as the baseboard was soft from the water sitting there and the closet smelled so bad. I was afraid of mold to be honest so I went ahead and removed the door. (solid wood mind you!!)
Oh the joys of owning a home with a basement!!!