I’m updating the status of my flooding issue from this post.
First off, I’ve had an outpouring of comments, phone calls, and emails from family, friends, and my blog readers (aka my online friends ;)) with advice for how to handle this situation.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
I was almost in tears this morning when I woke up to this mess. I just did.NOT. want to deal with this
But I took a few deep breaths and somehow managed to get my big girl panties on and take this fiasco by the horns.
I really couldn’t have done it without all of you though. You reminded me that I should call my insurance agency. You let me know I needed a roofer, not a plumber. You even gave me referrals (I’m still trying to get someone to answer their phone!)
I’ve had phone calls and emails with kind friends offering to bring over dinner and send their husbands over to help me out.
This outpouring is literally bringing me to tears. Thank you everyone for your help. I’m fine now and I’ve gotten it all under control, but the generosity is just overwhelming me.
Okay, now on to the update!
I don’t have anyone scheduled to come over yet, but I do know what the issues are and from the look of things, this might not be too expensive after all. Whew.
As for the laundry room:
I need someone (not me!) to go onto my roof and fix whatever is wrong with the dryer vent. It’s obviously leaking. Maybe a seal around it is broken, or the cover for it has blown away. Who knows. But I’m pretty sure I don’t have a big horrible hole in the roof. Just a little leak in the vent.
Now on to the bigger problem, the closet:
I grabbed a tarp, some painters plastic, and a ladder and prepped the area.
I knew this would be very messy and gross, so I made sure to cover everything before I started.
Then I got my supplies:
Fortunately I have all this equipment already because of all the renovating I did at our last home.
* sheetrock saw
* face mask
Then I just started cutting.
OMG, it was disgusting. This thing has been leaking for quite awhile!
The sheetrock was super wet and soggy and even a bit slimy.
I almost threw up it was so nasty. Good thing I didn’t though because I had a face mask on. That would have been just downright disgusting.
So I just kept sawing until all the wet sheetrock was cut out and then I used the sheetrock knife to knock all the nasty wet insulation down as well.
And here’s the problem:
See that silver pipe?
Water is running down the side of it from the roof and when it bends the water drips off the pipe and into the insulation.
Good thing I prepped the area before I started. I’ve learned my lesson the hard way. I’ve had way too many ambitious projects that I just dug into without doing the proper prep work.
Currently at this point this is the hole in my closet.
I’ve since added a bucket to catch the drips while I wait for a professional to come fix the leak.
Once I get the leaks all taken care of, I’m going to save money by fixing the sheetrock myself. I’ll show you how to fix a ginormous hole in your ceiling. Lucky you!
I ventured into the attic to get a better view, but there’s really nothing I can do so I came back down. Well, I kinda chickened out because there’s no light in there and my flashlight batteries died and I don’t have any new ones! I’m so creeped out by the dark attic.
However, while I was up there for a total of about 30 seconds, I snapped this picture (with the flash).
I’ve labeled it for easy viewing. The water is dripping down the silver pipe that is labeled. There’s also a 2nd silver pipe running through the attic. One of these is for the dryer.
The pipes are so close together and go to basically the same area of the house so I don’t know which is for the dryer. So the leak may or may not be coming from the same place. Let’s hope it’s the same leak because that will save me even more money!
Thanks again for all your help!
Now I can get back to crafting. Yay! I’ve got a few fun Fall things in the line up that I can’t wait to finish and show you!!!
* edited September 2010: I fixed the sheetrock in the closet here. *
** edited March 11, 2012: Update to this flooding issue **