Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Water, water, everywhere......

Imagine if you will, a ranch style home, typical four bedroom, 2 bath, LR/DR model, about 2000 sq. feet.

Now imagine if you will, a SECOND home the same size directly beneath it - den, guest suite, bathroom, utility/second kitchen, laundry room.

That is my home.....

Now, imagine the lower part - 1:00 a.m. in the morning - UNDER WATER! That was my night Tuesday night.

Jeez louise! We have always been secure in the knowledge that our lovely home is safely above flood level as we sit on a hill with no chance of flash flooding that is so common in these Kentucky hills. Little did we anticipate our own home would destroy our security and wreak havoc on our lives.

Blame one small 1" diameter rubber hose............

Amazing what a break in one of those will do!

I was in the kitchen, about to put take-out Chinese left overs away when I thought I heard the dishwasher running. But wait....I ran the dishwasher earlier in the day. However, the sound of rushing water was emitting from my sink area and to my horror, I realized that yes, my laundry room is directly beneath my kitchen! The Sweetie had installed a water alarm on the washing machine and we had not heard its ominous beep.

We raced downstairs and before I hit the last step, I knew we were in sounded like a water park downstairs. TROUBLE!

My heart did a leap in my chest as I saw at least 3 inches of water sloshing in the main hall and all but the den was swimming in H2O! (including the guest suite which has lovely Pergo wood floors and my Mother's heirloom bedroom suit!)

Soooooo.....I have spent the last 18 hours NON-STOP mopping up, using the 2 Wet Vacs that Sweetie rushed to Wal Mart in the middle of the night to purchase........and dealing with the misery and mess that accompanies a home flood. It s-u-c-k-s!!!

I have cried, ranted, raved, laughed hysterically, and just attacked the chore with a disjointed resolve to put it right. I am spent, exhausted, overwhelmed, and mad.....and so far behind in work, I will NEVER catch up! (wet bedding covers, rugs, stored clothing, computer equipment, books, games, carpet, recliner, holiday decor, etc., etc.!)

Sweetie leaves Saturday to begin his new job in North Carolina and I will be left here to deal with the final clean up and reorganization. I am just thankful if it were going to happen, at least it happened while he was still here to help me. He is about to be gone for at LEAST three weeks...... He feels badly but it is no one's fault. He tried to be preemptive with the alarm but we never expected that water would spray UP, instead of dripping DOWN from the connections, and short out the base unit before it could alert us. Hence, the washing machine was free to do its dastardly deed, unnoticed, unhindered, and for who knows how long?? (I rarely venture downstairs unless it is to do laundry or retreive something from the freezer in the utility/storage room. We live upstairs...) was YOUR day?


Bluegrass Mama said...

Yup, you win! I'll take my dull day over that any time.

Though we were fortunate, there was plenty of flooding up our way, too, and no washing machines were required. We had about 10" of rain the other day, and sewers were backing up into people's home. So if you're looking for a silver lining, at least it was clean water in your basement!

Jerri said...

Oh Nancy, I am SO sorry this happened to you. Did your heirlooms survive?

No wonder you needed the giggle of that silly story on my blog yesterday.


Oh, I'm SO very sorry this happened.

Would you do me a favor? Go to my blog profile, click "e-mail me," and send a quick note. Anything will do. I've been trying to find a way to drop you a note. Would love to chat directly.

Take care of you.