Last night we had a woman from a carpet store come and look at our basement. We are pursuing the carpet replacement through our homeowner's insurance. We're not sure if we are going to get it replaced this way, since we don't know if our premium would go up after such a claim, but in order to process everything and figure out if that will indeed happen, they proceed as if we will be doing it this way.
We found out last night that the insurance will not only get us new carpet, but will pay us for the carpet removal, disposal and water removal. Nice to know that we could get compensated for those days in between Christmas and Vacation spent with shovels, box cutters and lawn bags! It never occurred to us that we could PAY a service to do this, so we were pretty excited to hear about that option. We will find out next week exactly how much we would get from the insurance company and exactly how it will affect our annual payment.
For now the basement is just cement floor throughout, but it smells a million times better. Even pre-flooding, the carpet was not very attractive smelling. It just smelled sort of like an old person's house, if you know what i mean.
We likely will re-carpet the basement. Mostly because we have no carpet in our house, it will provide some warmth to the room, it is inexpensive and good for what the room is used for - an extra tv room with a pool table and an assortment of our college-days furniture. We don't use our basement a ton (hence why we never replaced the flooring to begin with) so it didn't make sense to us to put a ton of money into a different type of floor. Also, as I have mentioned, this is the first time this has happened in the lifetime of the house. We do not have consistent flooding issues. I'll keep you "posted".