STEVE!, I am sorry to hear that you had a similar event at your home! Such a pain isn't it?? I could not do the carpet rip up here, just too much of it, and it was VERY heavy stuff, the guys were getting cut up from the edges too ! I highly recomment the vinyl planks, but the epoxy adhesive is VERY expensive at $104 per gal. and I needed 4 gallons!! This stuff will withstand water and anything else you can through at it and it looks exactly like wood now, these planks also have beveled edges which helps to make them look more realistic! Let me know how you make out ok ?
Right now, just letting it dry out down there. What happened was that the water seepage was enough and the padding under the carpet basically soaked it like a sponge! Thus, when I put new flooring down, I am going to use that DRICore stuff as a sub-floor. It sits off the slab with rubber studs so any seepage will pass safely underneath. When installed correctly, (with 1/2 inch gap around the walls), it allows air flow underneath and allows the concrete to stay dry and thus no mold build up. Everybody that I've talked to that used it and had the same type issus that I had says this stuff works perfectly.
There are two halves to my basement. The other half, without the carpet dried up nicely on its own (in fact there was no water when I discovered it, but I can tell water did seep in. I am going to pull up the tile that is there now and also lay down this DRICore stuff but will also look into that vinyl flooring you mentioned.
Anyway, about all this 9/11 stuff. Yeah, I have a hard time watch a lot of this stuff on TV myself due to the emotions.
Iced Earth - The Glorious Burden:
Most especially the track "When the Eagle Cries". I've cranked that up so friggan loud and I honostly don't really give a $#!+ if the neighbors btch about it.
"Out of the ashes came a tempting vengeance
But we are focused, we seek redemption
We are free
We'll always stay free
All they've done is make us stronger
The sleeping gient is asleep no longer
If need be
We'll die free"