You Might Wash Dishes in Your Bathroom Sink if…

24 Nov

~If you live in a dorm room at college.

~If you’re remodeling your kitchen and you have no use of your sink.

~If you live in an apartment complex in Minnesota where the plumbing has unknowingly become clogged and one Sunday evening the drainage pipes for half of the complex suddenly erupt out of your kitchen sink.

~If you live at The Homestead and on Friday afternoon your husband happens to notice a dark spot on the carpet of the spare bedroom and then notices that the wall just above that spot is mushy and bulging and then proceeds to pull away the sheet rock to expose this…Mold.
And then proceeds to tear away even more sheet rock only to discover that you have a lot of it. It’s on the wood, the sheet rock, the carpet…and although you suspect it’s the kitchen drainage pipe, you really don’t know for sure, so after taking a few minutes to let the full impact of the situation sink in, you say screw it!

And thank goodness you do because he calls a wonderful company called ServiceMaster.  They specialize in just this sort of thing.

They come over that Friday evening and proceed to make your life more better.

After assessing the damage, they  seal off the effected area so the mold won’t spread.

And then set up a dehumidifier to help remove the moisture and come back each day after that to monitor the area.

And if necessary, they’ll add another piece of blue equipment to speed up the drying process.
Of course none of this equipment does any good unless you find the reason for all of this wetness and mold to begin with.

If you’re lucky, your husband will find the source rather quickly.

A vertical crack in the drainage pipe from your kitchen sink.

If you’re REALLY lucky, your husband has skills and is able to replace the damaged section of pipe eliminating the need for an expensive plumber.

Which gets you out of doing dishes here…

And gets you back to doing dishes here!

Obviously, this DID happen to us.

And as of this morning, ServiceMaster determined their job here was done.  The mold and surrounding areas have been treated and removed along with their blue equipment.
After 5 days of daily visits, we’ll sure miss those guys. A few tears were shed, hearts were broken but we’re all adults…we’ll move on…(sniff).

Besides, we have new contractors to bond with!  As of this afternoon, the estimator for a construction company came by to take measurements.  By next week sometime we should hear back as to how much it’s going to cost for them to replace the section of 2 x 4 that had to be removed, sheet rock and insulate that one wall, install new baseboard and install an entire new carpet.

Thank goodness for home owners insurance!

So right now, the room currently looks like this.

I’ll post more as things progress.

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2 Responses to “You Might Wash Dishes in Your Bathroom Sink if…”

  1. Welly's mom November 25, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    Great story.

  2. Ma E. November 25, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    Oh dear! If it doesn’t rain it pours!!!!
    Bet you are glad we are not there for Thanksgiving this year.

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