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Jan 8, 2018 - 6:32:30 AM
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Woke up to a weird sound around 4 this morning. Went out into the family room to find water cascading from the ceiling, chunks of plaster on the floor, etc. It's a real mess.

After a bit of poking around determined the source was likely a pipe in second-floor heat zone. Shut down that zone and the water stopped... but now, I'm waiting for calls from the insurance adjuster, the water cleanup folks etc. Upstairs rugs, soaked; main floor rugs, soaked; wallboard and ceiling, soaked, basement, soaked... not sure if the house is technically liveable right now.

What a PITA.

Jan 8, 2018 - 6:40:20 AM

rinemb Players Union Member

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Sorry to read of your problem. What a mess! I hope you didn't lose loose any cherished items. I hope all goes well with your remediation and your insurance. Brad

Jan 8, 2018 - 6:41:48 AM

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Expletive deleted!
Condolences sent.

Jan 8, 2018 - 7:16:01 AM

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I don't know if this helps you or not for the future.
We had an upstairs bedroom that we didn't often use. Hot water baseboard heat. Thinking to save energy we closed the door to that bedroom and ended up with a frozen baseboard. Luckily we didn't get a leak. My thought is that with the door closed, the thermostat in the hall did not "know" accurately it was in that room since the cool air never hit the thermostat. The 'stat stayed off, and the pipe froze. Leave all doors open!

Jan 8, 2018 - 7:45:04 AM

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Thanks, Paul - it's zone heat, and the upstairs is its own zone; keep the upstairs closed off from the rest of the house but circulating heat at around 50 when the area isn't in use.

Jan 8, 2018 - 7:47:39 AM

Nancy

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Water problems are really a mess.
Hope you can get the help to clean this up!
Insurance should cover it.
I send high hopes that this won't last. The work will soon be over and everything back like it was before the leak.
Nancy

Jan 8, 2018 - 7:56:36 AM

raybob

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Freeze ups are never pretty especially when the pipe bursts. Friend once had a pipe rupture in a ceiling right over top of a piano he had got for his family. Hope your recovery is painless.

Jan 8, 2018 - 8:09:54 AM

RonR

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I use heat tape designed for roof gutters on plumbing under additions to keep them from freezing. Not much good on pipes behind walls.

Jan 8, 2018 - 8:35:43 AM

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Get remediation in ASAP! The sooner you address the wet areas, the less widespread the damage will be. I am not sure how it works in MA, but here in New Orleans, Insurance will only cover up to a certain amount. The sooner you remediate, the less time you need to spend on it, the less it costs you out of pocket. The problem with older houses is there could have been some issue that were overlooked over the years that will now have to be addressed. Stay strong. I am sorry this had to happen to you

Jan 8, 2018 - 9:07:50 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by eagleisland

Woke up to a weird sound around 4 this morning. Went out into the family room to find water cascading from the ceiling, chunks of plaster on the floor, etc. It's a real mess.

After a bit of poking around determined the source was likely a pipe in second-floor heat zone. Shut down that zone and the water stopped... but now, I'm waiting for calls from the insurance adjuster, the water cleanup folks etc. Upstairs rugs, soaked; main floor rugs, soaked; wallboard and ceiling, soaked, basement, soaked... not sure if the house is technically liveable right now.

What a PITA.


I hope you have a Wet / Dry Shop Vac.  There are some that specifically designed for after fire clean-up that pull the excess water out of carpets. 

FYI:  Their effectiveness has more to do with "static pressure" rating than it's horsepower

Jan 8, 2018 - 10:41:18 AM

OM45GE Players Union Member

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Sorry Skip. Definitely a major PITA.

Jan 8, 2018 - 12:30:15 PM

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So I haven't heard from the adjuster yet, but the recovery/mitigation contractor was just here. This is gonna be messy - all the ceilings in the kitchen/family room have to come down; most of the dryway in the same area; all the kitchen cabinets out; upstairs rugs out, and a lot of the sheetrock cut up to dry... and more. OTOH, this essentially means a new kitchen.

As Carl Spackler so famously said, "So I got that going for me. Which is nice."

Jan 8, 2018 - 12:44:15 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by eagleisland

So I haven't heard from the adjuster yet, but the recovery/mitigation contractor was just here. This is gonna be messy - all the ceilings in the kitchen/family room have to come down; most of the dryway in the same area; all the kitchen cabinets out; upstairs rugs out, and a lot of the sheetrock cut up to dry... and more. OTOH, this essentially means a new kitchen.

As Carl Spackler so famously said, "So I got that going for me. Which is nice."


Skip
Keep in mind that unless you have a very friendly  adjuster, anything that is considered to be an up grade will be from your pocket.
Best wishes
Dave

Jan 8, 2018 - 1:17:39 PM

figmo59

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Phew..

Thought it ,may have been ah...

Medical Problum.....:0/

Sorry for yer FROZE...pipes...
Ah nutter...bump in the road of life...

Jan 8, 2018 - 1:32:06 PM

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Sorry to hear that, Skip. When all is said and done (and partially paid for), you will have all kinds of new stuff.

Jan 8, 2018 - 1:35:08 PM

chuckv97

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Egads....patience, my man, patience

Jan 8, 2018 - 2:20:30 PM

Tobus

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Skip, sorry to hear about this. It sounds like a major project to fix. Aside from the trauma of the event itself and subsequent damage, it's going to be months and months of more headaches with contractors in and out of your house. It never goes smoothly! I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. I hope it goes as problem-free as it can, though!

Broken pipes and water damage are some of my worst fears in my older home. Only fire and termites compete with water for a "worst-case" scenario.

Jan 8, 2018 - 3:14:56 PM

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Hang in there, Skip. My wife and I had something similar about 30 years ago. We survived and so did the house.

Things will look up considerably once you start the remediation and the repairs. It's this stage -- the waiting for things to get moving -- that will drive you nuts, but it's only temporary. 

Jan 8, 2018 - 3:36:33 PM

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Did your banjo get wet?

Jan 8, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Paulf

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Sorry that has happen to you Skip, what a mess.  Hope all works out well in the end.

Paul

Jan 8, 2018 - 4:35:10 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by bobdenver1961

Did your banjo get wet?


Thankfully, all my instruments and critical-path belongings were in the far end of the house, beyond reach of the water.

Jan 8, 2018 - 5:22:48 PM

kentr

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Sorry to hear about your water damage.

About 15 years ago we came back from an overnight to find one of the washer
hoses had broken.
The resulting flood ran from the utility room about 75' through the kitchen,
under the rug and to the family room. Water can make such a mess.

last year it was fire, not water. Detached garage/shop. Nearly lost it. What a shock.
the next shock came when the insurance wouldn't cover the structure because
I have a small home business there doing sewing repairs on things like jeans and
horse blankets.

ALL the clean up and building restoration fell on me.

They have paid for some of the "contents", and we will make another claim this year.

i'm about half done with rebuilding. The ground floor is usable, with better windows,
the "loft" is blocked off, and we will try to replace the complete roof this year.

What a mess!!!!!!!

If you are still in shock from your mess, remember that it will fade away with time.

It's really hard to say something encouraging at a time like this.

kentr

Jan 8, 2018 - 5:53:46 PM

J e f f

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Fortunately you were at home when it happened. I always turn off my water main when we leave for an extended period of time. And I turn off the power to the water heater. Speaking of our water heater, it blew a hose several days ago, a few seconds before I was to leave for work. I turned off the water soon enough that it wasn't too big of an issue. This was a plumber induced problem - a poor installation.

Jan 8, 2018 - 8:34:46 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by kentr


If you are still in shock from your mess, remember that it will fade away with time.
 


Appreciate the concern, but I'm actually okay. I have a weird ability to deal with bad stuff (in a way, it's what I do for a living). It's just the logistics of the whole thing I'm still trying to figure out.

I've dealt with a fire... it's a bothersome process and this one promises to be, too. OTOH, it does seem a good time to make some improvements we've been pondering. So barring the unforseen, this will remain a PITA but the end result will probably be better than what we had.

Jan 9, 2018 - 3:28:33 AM

OM45GE Players Union Member

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A good attitude helps a lot. Seems as though you’ve got that going for you. 

Edited by - OM45GE on 01/09/2018 03:29:21

Jan 9, 2018 - 4:26:55 AM

Wyozark

USA

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Terrible way to start a New Year. It must be a horrible mess and discouraging. Yet, if you have the resources, it can be as you said, an opportunity to make some changes that you want.

Several year ago we had something blow our electrical service and took out a double oven. So it wasn't near as bad as what you are experiencing, yet before we decided to replace just the electrical service and oven, we ended up up completely gutting the kitchen from ceiling to floor joists to all of the dry wall off the walls - even replacing the windows. A lot of work and expense, but it was going to need to be done and that incident was the impetus.

I wish you well on getting through this.

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