Early this morning - before I even got out of bed - our hot water heater failed catastrophically, sending more than fifty gallons of water into our formerly finished basement.
The basement is nearly the size of our main house, and that's where most of our stuff - including my hobby stuff - lives. Plastic storage saved a lot of things. I can't even think about the rest yet.
Our first order of business was moving everything we could to drier ground. Then we started making phone calls. Seth rented a pump, a shop vac and a really big fan.The carpet and carpet pad were obviously ruined. As we pulled that up, we were surprised to find bright orange flooring underneath.
Groovy!If his IT career doesn't work out, Ryan is now qualified to work as a flood mitigation technician.
After hours and hours of work, the insurance company sent us a real water mitigation team. I heard the one of them tell his boss, "The homeowners did an amazing job. They saved themselves a lot of money.
It's still wet down there, but not nearly as bad as it was. All of the flooring and most of the drywall will need to be replaced. Insurance will pay for some of it. I haven't had a chance to really assess the damages to everything that came out of the hobby corner, but suffice it to say, it's probably a good thing I wasn't planning to show this year. Everything is wet. We are exhausted, and we still don't have hot water.