As of tomorrow, I will finally have my bedroom back. No, I didn’t lose it but it had not been itself in almost 6 months as the result of a bathroom flood. What a mess. I guess I should start from the beginning.
My husband has a handful of emplyees in his company’s Sacramento, CA office. He has to tavel out there at least twice a year, usually for about 5 days at a time. This past August, he sceduled his trip fr the week after school started. Our oldest was starting frst grade and we figured she would adjust to that just fine. So, on a Tuesday morning, off he went.
Somewhere around midmorning, I went to use our master bathroom. As I went to ull my my shorts up, I noticed they were wet. There was water on the floor all around the toilet. “Oh shit,” I thought. I tried to flush and saw that not everything ewas going down (luckily all I had done was pee). I tried to flush again and noticed that it seemed water was coming out from under the toilet. I sent dear hubby an angry text accusing him of leaving me a clogged toilet (not too far fetched…he’s done it before!). He replied that it was fine when he left that morning. I threw some towels on teh floor and decided to come back later with the plunger, after the water had gone down a bit.
Fast forward an hour or 2. I go back to the bathroom to see even MORE water on the floor…inching toward the door. What the…??? Then I noticed yucky water backed up into the tub and the shower. I went into the kids’ bathroom and saw water backed up in their tub too. That’s when I knew it was more than a clogged toilet.
This is the point wher everything kind of becomes a blur. More water came into the master bath so I called a plumber. He diagnosed a clog in our main drain as well as a broken fange ont eh toilet which is why the water wound up on the floor. There would have been NO damage to the floor if that damn flange hadn;t been broken. he called a water restoration company for me to clean up the mess. I had to get the kids fed and occupied in teh middle of all this and I still hadn’t taken a shower. I was also freaking out abouthow much this was going to cost since we had just paid an unexpected expnse due to our AC crapping out.
The water restoration were there until 11 at night. apparently the guy who had innitially come to take a look had told his people it was a clean water leak from the toilet…like the valve had ben open. Ummmm, no SO they had to get more supplies. When they left at 11, there were 2 HUGE fans inour bedroom alone with 2 dehumidifiers. I was not going to be sleeping in there. I finally took a shower in the kids’ bathroom, blew up the Aerobed and went to bed.
Hubby ended up flying home the next day. The insurance bguy told us we might have a cap on how much we would be paid becuase it was considered sewer water (it wasn’t). That freaked me out all over again. We got even more freaked out when the adjuster came and told us he had never heard of a cap like that.
In the end our bathroom vanity had to be ripped out along with all the flooring in our closet and more than half the flooring in our bedroom. They also had to cut out drywall a foot hight in the whole bathroom and into the hall and bedroom. It was 2 weeks before we could sleep in our bedroom again. We investigated and found out the cap we had was due toa rider that was pretty much required here in FL (not sure why the adjuster didn’t know that) so we were srill worried about paying for it all. But then, we got some greatr news. The insurance company did NOT consider the flood a sewer backup and we would paid the full amount estimated by our adjuster. The claims person could not beleive I had been told otherwise. I was kind of shocked too. I had worked in insurance and you NEVER give out infi when the claim is initially called in because you don’t have all the facts. This guy had freaked me out unnecessarily.
So now we had to take the steps to put everything back together. First we had the water restoration people come and replace the drywall. then we had to order a vanilty and wait for that to be installed. Once that was installed, we had to order the counter. In the middle of all this, hubby had to paint the bathroom. Finally, a couple days before Christmas, we had our bathroom back. now it was time to get the bedroom in order.
Hubby started painting. Once that was done, we went and ordered our flooring. Almost 2 weeks passed and we wondered why we hadn’t gotten a call that it was in. Then the installers called saying that they had a note that we were supposed to pick up the flooring on Jan. 30. Ummm, no one told us that. Finally someone from the store called and said that the flooring had been in stock all along. Ummm, WHAT????? NO ONE TOLD US THAT! WE could have had this floor installed like 2 weeks ago! I was PISSED. So, hubby went and picked up the flooring. Today I finished pulling up the rest of the old flooring and tonight we’ll move all the furniture out. Tomorrow they will come to install our new floor. And tomorrow, we will have our bedroom back. It’s about damn time!