Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Great Drain Robbery...

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?!!!)

Sincerely,
Lucy's Hubcap

35 comments:

AmyC said...

I'm new to following your blog Lucy, so I'm assuming 'Lucy's Hubcap' is the hubby! That's great..hubcap!! :)

Sorry to hear about your unfortunate incident! We had something like that happen to us right after we moved into our house. Luckily it was on the main floor and there was no damage...just ALOT of sanitizing!!

Stacy S said...

Good thing for insurance!! That looks like alot of work. Hopefully everything turns out good.

Nathalie said...

Hi, and AmyC, I am also new to the blog!

Hubcap is original, least to say!

Dev said...

Thank goodness you had insurance! Hope things get cleaned out and back to normal soon.

catslady said...

How horrible! Knocking on wood, the worst we've had is a broken hot water tank that did no real damage. I'm looking at your bookshelves and it looks like they were saved. Thank goodness for insurance! Hope everything gets back to normal soon.

Lily said...

That must have been horrible just discovering the whole mess and it is great your insurance covers water damage!

Chantal said...

Oh, my gosh! I can't even imagine that happening. Thank goodness for house insurance. Phew!

One time some bread caught on fire in our old toaster. It went up in the flames and part of our kitchen ceiling was scorched. That was pretty scary.

How sweet that you call your wife 'my gorgeous'.
*Dreamy sigh*

Cherie J said...

How awful. So sorry to hear about this. Sending you hugs Lucy.

Lucy Monroe said...

LOL Doesn't he just crack you all up? There's a reason I adore him besides his good looks. ;-) Anyway, thanks to everyone for their commisseration. I gotta tell you, it helps to look at the humorous side of things - and we are so grateful for our insurance company. So, definitely, there is a positive side to pretty much anything, even black water overflow. But, man, right now, I'm hiding in my office (one of only a few rooms in the house not affected)...along with everyone else. :)

Hubcap said...

I'm typing over Lucy's shoulders right now...and space is tight, but I LOVE my keyrest. ;-)

Brandy said...

Hubcap sounds like a guy who can keep his sense of humor during trying times. *g*
Y'all have my sympathy and prayers that things are fixed soon!

Kate Davies said...

Hubcap. Ha! You crack me up, Lucy's sweetie. :)

Glad to hear that insurance worked the way it's supposed to, and that you're seeing the light at the end of the blackwater tunnel.

Sending positive, drying thoughts your way!

Heather said...

Oh, euuuuwwww! And I thought I had it bad last month when my horrible upstairs neighbors flooded my apartment. At least the water pouring into my abode wasn't black. Euw! Euw! Euw! Glad the insurance covers it!

Maureen said...

Thank God for house insurance! When our dryer caught on fire it was amazing all the people who came in and worked to clean up the mess.

Laurie said...

I can so relate to that shrinking/sickening feeling when you walk in and immediately know that something is very, very wrong!!
When we lived in Wisconsin, we had our electric heat not go on (in January) while we were on a 2 week vacation. Everything froze! We walked into a house where EVERY pipe had burst and we hadn't turned off the water so our basement was FLOODED! It felt like a tropical rain forest when we opened the door. It took months to repair the damage: plumbing, drywall, flooring, furniture, the loss of possessions...all of our plants died, old record albums warped, photos warped or faded, food in the refigerator rotted ...talk about a bad smell!
Glad to hear that your insurance company came through!!! It definitely makes a big difference!
Big hand to you Lucy's Husband for handling the emergency so successfully!!

Susan said...

Oh my goodness! It's a good thing you have a sense of humor and insurance! Hopefully everything will go smoothly and be back to normal soon.

Please do not enter me in the contest.

Jen in WA said...

I can sympathize with the flood problem. The church I was working at had similar issue about 2 years ago. I arrived at work and went to the kitchen to get some water and stepped into a lake that wasn't there the day before. Seems that the hose that moved water to the refridge decided to break. Thank goodness for insurance!

bamabelle said...

Oh my goodness, you both have my sympathy! We had to replace floors in three rooms thanks to a water leak a couple years ago. It was frustrating in the extreme. I'm glad your insurance will cover it. Big hugs to you and Lucy!

Amy said...

I really feel for your guys. I had a kitchen fire about 3 years ago. Luckily only some of the kitchen cabinets were burned but there was a lot of smoke throughout the house and the fire department created a lot of water damage putting out the fire. So I kind of know how you feel. You have my sympathies!

robynl said...

I am uptight just reading about the incident. Yikes!!! Good for insurance. Bad for the nerves.

Maura Anderson said...

C (my own hubcap) wants to know if you are sure that was the ocean you were hearing or a tsunami?

Much sympathy on the house issues. That's no fun at all.

And I appreciate you not putting your name in the hat - I might have to shake you down next time I'm in OR.

Estella said...

What an awful thing to happen. Thank goodness for house insurance!

Melissa H. said...

Wow Lucy! I was happy to discover today that you'd returned to blogging, not so happy to hear you'd "installed" an indoor swimming pool. Glad insurance is taking care of you! One of those times I'm happy I live in a ranch with no basement. Welcome back!

Cathy said...

Oh man, what a mess. Hoping the worst in behind you and you can get back to your regular routine.

KimW said...

Wow...sad news. I'm so sorry to hear about the flood. Life can be such a pain in the a** sometimes. I'm glad the insurance company will help.

Don't enter me in the contest. I already read that one and was definitely satisfied. Excellent story!

Hubcap said...

Thank you for your heartfelt sympathies! I felt better knowing that others have gone through similar (or gasp, WORSE) situations, that we're not alone.

Insurance definitely is paying for itself here, it's just the inconvenience, but I think, based on everyone's responses, that we got off lucky, it could've been so much worse.

And now on to our latest contest winner, which is me again....what, oops, I mean, er, the winner is (drum roll)....BAMABELLE!

Bamabelle, please email Lucy off her website your snail-mail info so we can send you the prize you've won, congratulations!

Now it's time to hide all those books I kyped in the past....

bamabelle said...

Thank you so much for the book win! I'll send Lucy an email with my address. I hope everything is coming along with the house today! :)

tam said...

Thank-God for insurance! We had a hot water line bust that was in concrete. Instead of tearing up the floor we decided to reroute the pipes up through the attic. We still had to tear out a few walls, in several rooms to re-plumb everything so we did both the cold and hot water pipes at the same time.

lidia said...

I love the name "hubcap!"

So sorry to hear about all of the damage. Glad to hear that insurance will cover it. (Makes one glad to pay those premiums.)

Good luck with the repairs/renovations!

You're welcome to come visit and post here anytime -- regardless of what Lucy has to say! LOL -;)

Lettetia said...

So sorry your house is still in an uproar, Hubcap. What a strong family you have to be able to contend with such chaos and remain personable.

Yes, you were all very warm and friendly to the bunch of us when you could have just as easily postponed the entire Friday get-together.

Keep the faith and the Lord will help you through this time of chaos.

I still think Phyllis was right when she said you looked like the Rock. ;-).

Blessings to you and yours!

Stacy~ said...

Well, even something as mundane as water damage is made interesting in the Chaosium. I'll be tuning in for more Hubcap adventures.

anne said...

Upsetting is an understatement. Hope that you can get all this sorted out soon and get back to living in comfort once again. Best of luck.

Judy F said...

OH wow. I am so sorry you had to deal with all of this. Hope it all gets back to normal soon

CrystalG said...

Wow, I hate that your family had to go through this. Thank goodness for insurance.

Hubcap said...

Thank you all again for your warm comments! We're proceeding along here, folx have removed the blowers and dehumidifierthingies (and yes, it's more a tsunami than ocean surf!), so it's quiet again. They won't start the drywall and carpeting until next week, so we've moved the major furniture back. So everything looks back to normal (if you ignore the missing ceiling and carpets).

There is a twisted plus in all this. I am a fan of SteamPunk, and so I am actually going to have the rest of my ceiling REMOVED. The BC450 joists look exactly like girders, so I will dress them up as such, paint them a copper or brass, using mylar circles to similate holes in them. This will all fall in line with the SteamPunk theme of my room (which will be another article somewhere down the road). Strange but true, my room will look even more like a spaceship or submarine.

No, I am not drunk.

And Lucy has informed me in no uncertain terms that the rest of the house will be repaired to where it was...no weird, funky ceiling treatments :)