Guess how I spent my day? Nope, not at church, though I wish that were the case. The hubster and I spent it cleaning up the water all over the kitchen floor and that which went through the air ducts and between the walls down to the basement. Why you ask? Because during the wee hours of the morning the water hose on the washing machine burst! Oh yay! NOT!
When I awoke right before the alarm went off I heard what sounded like rain, which didn’t make sense because the weather prognosticators weren’t calling for any. Then I thought, maybe the fan in the room was making the noise. I got up, turned on the faucet to get a drink to take my medicine and there wasn’t great water pressure. That seemed strange but I kept on moving in my half awake state. Flushed the commode. That went weird too. I thought perhaps there was a broken water main somewhere and it was affecting the water pressure. I jumped in the shower, had plent of hot water but still no pressure. As I turned off the water I heard “the noise” again.
I yelled to the hubster, “Hon, I hear water running somewhere!” He goes downstairs and then I heard a loud expletive. Water, water everywhere.
As the hubster shut the water off and began to assess the situation, while getting the wet-vac out, I called the homeowner’s insurance company to get a file started. After which I donned my grubby clothes and set to work.
It appears to our “non-expert” eyes that the brand new laminate kitchen floor the hubster did such a lovely job putting down with need to be completely replaced. It squishes when you walk on it and water squeezes up between the seams. That is our greatest disappointment.
Most of the stuff in the basement that got wet was easily dried off. Though I had to throw out 3 pieces of crosstitch. That brought back memories of Hurricane Floyd and our flooded basement in another house. That time I had to toss out a full size crosstitch Monopoly Board I made for hubster. That broke my heart.
The Christmas decorations came away unscathed. Now they will be stored in plastic tubs. The pictures that got wet will need new matting but the frames and pictures themselves are salvagable. The air ducts are drenched, as is half of the insulation under the kitchen. I think all that may need to be replaced.
We have fans running and a dehumidifier going. It smells rather musty in the house. Hopefully the claims adjuster will be out soon to take a look at things. I’m glad we took pictures of the damage. I burned them to a CD for the adjuster’s files.
We counted our many blessings as we cleaned up. We were glad we don’t have a ton of junk in the basement. We were very thankful we were home! Imagine how much worse it would have been if we had been at work or worse yet, AWAY! I needed to reorganize the Christmas decorations anyway. This is pushing me to do that. And I wanted to rearrange the storage in the basement too. Now that’s going to happen in the next few weeks. The rugs in the living room and dining room didn’t get wet.
Glory to God for all things!
Note to self: Replace washer hoses every 3 years. Get a new and easier on/off valve for the water shut off at the washer.