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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. emoticon

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?
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    I had to laugh at "Why yes, he is still alive" - that would have been EXACTLY how I felt! So glad it wasn't any worse. Hopefully things will dry out quickly and you can be on the way to having it repaired!
    678 days ago
    Oh no!!!!!! Yikes!! Praying it all gets fixed up soon...as good as new.
    678 days ago
    I probably would have freaked out if alone; ..... So no advice to hang onto from me ...... Glad things are drying pretty quickly for you. ....... I see Martha suggested wine .... lol
    678 days ago
    This is difficult to live with . I have dealt with a broken furnace pipes in my home. You may not feel the moisture but take care to protect your photos, leather bags/ shoes etc...they can mold quickly despite your best efforts.
    678 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    OMG. I don't know what I would have done in your situation.
    The closest I came was a flood at our neighbor's house that went into our basement. We were lucky and the insurance company came right away to asses the damage and called in a company to rip up the carpet and dry the whole area. We were just thankful we found it when we did before the whole thing got moldy.

    Tips for coping? Keep remembering this too shall pass! Wine helps too emoticon
    678 days ago
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