Well chalk up another item on the hailstorm damage list, this one however was much more insidious in its timing and execution.
The storms that hit the southeast, as you know by now, were pretty epic in scope. Dropping six inches of water on my speck of earth in less than four hours doesn't sit well with house foundations either.
So the corner of the wall outside where the chimney is washed away. The moisture barrier got decimated, and water just came on through where the floor meets the wall. The floor, and the padding underneath, became a giant sponge. I thought I had it dried up with towels, but after a couple of days the smell of soggy carpet could knock you down. I cut it all out and tossed it, that's the good news. More good news is that insurance will cover it...eventually.
That's the kicker, there's a lot more homes in so much worse shape than mine that the adjuster will be quite some time making it out. It's a minor inconvenience for me though, the homes that lost their roofs, windows, and the like need attention first. For the summer the game room will be a tad unsightly, but still serviceable! Until then I leave with you a parting "before" shot:
Ahh, better, drier times...