Hello to everyone in the Blog-o-sphere, this is Lucy's Hubcap with a report from the Chaosium.
Three nights ago, an upstairs commode decided to turn into a water feature, and I came home to blackwater pouring out of our lights downstairs. It was very pretty...pretty smelly!
The damage? Nasty. Ruined flooring in the upstairs bathroom, 2 of the 3 kids' bedrooms, part of the upper landing, and soaked ceilings in the great room and my office. Swing in bacterial mold concerns (we are after all talking about blackwater, not to be confused with the blackwater with guns), and we were sitting in Biohazard Central. On the plus side, our test of the Spontaneous Sprinkler System was a resounding success.
After trying to mitigate the smell in the just-installed carpets (and breaking my steam cleaner in the process, dam# you, Murphy!), my Gorgeous reminded me we had house insurance. Happy Days! One call confirmed we were totally covered, and emergency recovery folx came out right away to save the day.
Or actually to dry it out. They pulled out all the affected ceiling and flooring, then placed huge fans, dehumidifiers, and vapor bacterial scrubberthingamysticalimaboos running on both floors. You can see the resulting mess, with furniture shoved to the side and large holes everywhere. Also, these fans and things pump a ton of air, generating a LOT of heat (the thermostat pegged at 90 degrees F) and noise, blowing circuit breakers on a regular basis. On a positive note, the climate is like being at Malibu Beach, and if I put one of the fans to my ear, I hear the ocean...at rock concert levels. Fortunately, we only have to run these juggernauts continuously until Monday and then they'll start the replacement work.
So that's been our week, but enough about us. Lucy told me you all like prizes and hey, I think I can do that. So, to a randomly drawn name from the coments on this blog, I'll get my Gorgeous to send a signed copy of Satisfaction Guaranteed because it's one of my personal favorites. And just to make it fair, I'll leave my name out of the hat this time (hey, I won AGAIN?!!!)