Wednesday, April 20, 2022


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.
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.


  1. The in-laws also had a flood this week. They returned home to inches of water throughout their basement. Let's hope the "third" isn't at my house?

  2. Oh, Jennifer! I am so sorry that this happened. I've had a basement flood before and it is an overwhelming thing to go through. Here's hoping that things dry well and get back to normal.

  3. I sent you courage, and I hope most of your stuffs just survived better than what you imagine. Objects can be really stronger than we though. Good vibes from me!

  4. Oh no! That's horrible! I'm praying that you find little to no damage!

  5. OMG what a nightmare. It sounds like you really killed it, though.

  6. Oh baby, that's such a disaster. I can imagine your spirits will be damp for a while. :( We had a basement room flood. A fan is a good idea. Hanging books over clotheslines helped.

  7. If there is one thing I have learned over the years of home ownership = store it in plastic tubs! Doesn't matter if it is in the attic or the basement - you wont be sorry you sealed it.