That's Not Good......
Monday, April 09, 2018
As I was working in the yard/garden/pasture the other day, I came inside to have a quick bite of lunch before heading outside again. I had set some brush on fire next to the irrigation ditch and went into the dining room to look out the windows to make sure everything was okay before sitting down to eat. As I crossed to the windows my foot sank about six inches into the floor. Oh oh. That's not good........
After investigating, the sink in the kitchen adjacent to the dining room had been leaking. For quite some time apparently. I immediately shut everything down and began pulling pots and pans and vases and various implements out from under the sink and taking them out the back door and dumping water out of them. Then I grabbed towels, lots and lots of towels and began mopping up. As I was cleaning and dumping water, I wondered, "Why does this kind of thing always happen when I'm alone in the house? Couldn't just once an 'event' such as this happen when the hubs is home?" I thought this again, with very little charity, when my husband asked me "Why didn't you go get the shop vac out of the barn to suck up the water?"
Why yes, he is still alive.
Currently, my entire dining room floor is pulled up and I am VERY thankful for vapor barrier, it did it's job and saved the top planks. We will have to cut out and replace about six feet of sub floor and maybe shore up a floor beam, we won't know until we can cut out the damaged boards. It could have been so much worse. We have to wait to do any repairs until everything is dried out and that's been the most difficult part of the process. We have fans running in the house, under the house and dehumidifier running constantly. Constantly. The roar of all those machines is getting to me. It's so loud!
Since we live in a dry climate, western Colorado, things are drying out fairly quickly. We're hoping to pull up the sub floor and make repairs by the weekend. I'm glad it's sunny outside and I can escape all the racket of those fans! And it makes my heart happy besides! Sunshine is amazing that way!
Have you lived through a wet disaster or other renovation? Any tips for coping?