Every home owner should own a shop vac. I arrived home somewhat upset because my pet looks like he is nearing the end. 35 years is not a bad run for a pet. I arrived home to find the basement flooded. Apparently the boiler broke and I closed the valve and shut it down. I didn't make much progress mopping so I purchased a shop vac. Once or twice a year the tree outside blocks the drain and it is a chore. I powered up the shop vac and eliminated the water fast three huge buckets worth.