Tuesday, July 16, 2013

MY "WELCOME HOME" FROM CAMP


Remember how I left you last Friday with the words "I'll be at Children's Camp with Emily until Sunday evening, and will finally have some time next week to photograph some GREAT projects I've finished up!"?  Well, I should have never opened my mouth...

This is what I came home from camp to.


Saturday afternoon while at camp I got a call and text from my husband that simply said "Call me."  Uh-oh.  When we got connected the conversation started out with "We're fine BUT..." and I knew something was wrong.


Long story short, we had been having some issues with the toilet in the kids' bathroom, and Saturday morning he and my son worked to replace and fix what needed to be done.  Not a big deal, they had done that kind of work before and felt confident about it.  So, they got the job done, did other things and relaxed for a few hours around the house, and then left on an errand (to pick something up across town for me).  When they walked in the door about an hour later, my husband said he heard the dreaded "hissing" sound and knew immediately something was wrong.  A seal on the water pipe that connects to the toilet from the wall had come loose, and water was going everywhere.  


We have floor air vents, so they were filling up and the kids' bedroom floors were soaked.  Thankfully, the water didn't quite make it to their bedroom door where the wood flooring in the hall starts.  

We have an AWESOME insurance agent (if you need one, they're the best!) who came over right away and worked for several hours with Ray to move furniture out, remove wet carpet, tear up the wet pad, and suck the water out of the vents.  Awesome I'm telling you...he completely went above and beyond.  Thanks Von!


This is bad, but it could have been so much worse.  We've never dealt with flooding before, and I can't imagine what it would have been like if the boys had been away from home longer than they were.  I'm so thankful!  They worked like dogs to get everything cleaned up and salvaged and stashed elsewhere around the house.  My guys are the best!


So, as I write, I'm waiting for the installers to come with a new pad and they will re-install the carpet in those rooms.  It's all dried out and fine.  But, I'm totally at a standstill as far as getting some things done until I can get everything out of their bedrooms back INTO their bedrooms!  

And, of course, I'm hosting a baby shower here this weekend, so all of the projects I planned to get done for that this week just flew out the door.  Fun times, right?

17 comments:

  1. What a bummer! We were in Edmond for July 4th and stayed with friends. The night we left she texted me and said the outside faucet had something wrong and water had come into the house on the wood floor. You just never know what will happen when you have a house, do you?

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  2. Oh Jennifer! Home ownership, isn't it fun sometimes?? Well I'm glad that it wasn't worse, that Ray was around and caught it, and that you have a wonderful insurance agent (I can't believe he helped Ray like that! That truly IS above and beyond the call of duty!) Hope everything gets back to normal for you soon!

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  3. AHHHH! The joys of owning home! Not a fun thing to deal with, so glad you have good insurance :) The clean up is the worst. We had our basement back up last year and that was not a good thing to have to clean up to say the least... xo Kristin

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  4. Ugh!! Thank goodness they came home when they did! I won't be complaining about our gutters overflowing during our monsoon a few days ago, filling our open windows and pouring in! :) My boys were home too, I was at HD getting spray paint!

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  5. Water is the worst. You know we have been there. How awesome for Von to come help!! Call me if you need some extra hands :)

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  6. When it rains, it pours, doesn't it? (Bad pun, sorry). What a bummer, I'm so sorry! But so glad that it wasn't worse! Thank goodness for good insurance coverage (and agents). :-)

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  7. Oh NOOOO, how frustrating. Sorry you had to come home to this but I'm glad it didn't get worse. Wishing you a quick clean up and recovery ;)

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  8. our old house flooded in our finished basement when the sump pump failed... it was not so bad, but ugh it was a pain! i feel ya!

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  9. Oh, geez o petes! Good luck getting it back together and in time for the shower. Ugh!

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  10. Oh boy, I feel your stress! Been there, done that. You will survive!

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  11. So sorry to hear that! I'm sure that was not what you wanted to come home to.

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  12. Oh My, I'm so sorry that happened to your family. We have been there with basement flooding in a finished space. Our agent sent a professional restoration company to clean up the mess, and they insisted the carpeting be replaced. Even so, the commercial grade, heavy-duty fans they brought in to dry out the basement had to run continuously for days. Then they used "moisture meters" to ensure the flooring/walls, etc. were completely dry before even thinking about putting down brand new carpeting and pad. Soooo, be careful, you may think that carpet has dried out, but you sure don't want a mold issue in your future!

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  13. Ugg. We've dealt with water issues twice. The first one, we came home from teaching at a music conference to find that our water heater had gone kaput the day after we left...and we were gone for 5 days. Our whole lower level was a total mess. We had to replace all the flooring, trim, some furniture, rugs, drapes, etc. Yeah, it was bad. The second time was just a month or so ago. One of the pipes under our slab started leaking. They had to drill 2 huge holes in my living room floor to locate the leak. This time, luckily, we caught it earlier enough for nothing to be ruined. One of our sweet sons reminded us that it was better water than fire. We completely agreed. Good luck in getting everything back in order.

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  14. Oh Nooo Jennifer:( Im so sorry. Hopefully things will get all fixed up soon.

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  15. YIKES! That is horrible. Glad that your boys were't out for too long though or it could have been way worse. Hope it all gets back to normal for you soon.

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  16. Oh my goodness! Bless your heart for having such a wonderful attitude about it. I think I would have been hyperventilating!

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  17. Oh noooo! Yes, could have been worse, but how stressful. So glad nothing was ruined!

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