By Natalie Zarowny
When long time plumber Adam Isaacson moved here from northern California, he said there was one big thing he had to get used to: basements.
And since a major flood hit the Quad Cities this past week, fixing waterlogged basements has been his life, working for up to 17 hours a day.
"The phone calls started coming in to the service manager and the on–call department, I think they started around 3, 4 AM," said Isaacson.
He said most of the jobs aren't necessarily big; there are just a lot of them.
"A lot of it is triage runaround, putting small fires out, getting people, their basements dry, getting a lot of commercial businesses right by the waterfront, getting their basement pumped out," said Isaacson.
And one of those homeowners needing help is Connie Vanklaveran in Davenport.
"It was 17 inches of water yesterday morning when I woke up standing in our basement," said Vanklaveran.
She said seeing her basement ruined was traumatic.
"Totally finished basement, beautiful furniture, walls, carpeting, pad," said Vanklaveran.
Luckily, she got a hold of Isaacson, who came to the rescue.
Adam said like in so many other homes he's seen, her sump pump couldn't handle all the water.
"When it rains so much here, the ground water comes up and your basement's below where it comes up at. So it's a constant battle to keep it out of your basement," said Isaacson.
But Adam said the hardest part of the job isn't the physical labor.
"Hearing all the traumatic stories, basically a lot of peoples' houses getting ruined."
Adam said the best tip to avoid flooding in your basement is to first off make sure you have a good quality sump pump and then check it regularly.