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Sun May 2, 2021, 08:33 AM

Update on the flood in my basement...

We had a busted hot water heater. ATT: This is important! A hot water heater is not immortal. It must be changed once every 10 years. Ours was 19 years old! A plumber told me this.

The insurance adjuster was here yesterday evening. He took a great deal of time, sketching the layout of our 2 room basement and listing every piece of damaged material.

The good news is that the basement we would have had to deal with at some point will now be dealt with. I worried about this because my husband is a pack rat: he has nearly saved every piece of paper in the 30-something years we have been in the house. Now it will be gone as part of the damage clean up. My dread has been lifted, hallelluja!

We will have to replace our washer and dryer, more than likely. We'll find out today and tomorrow as the crew is coming here in a few minutes! So...

I will be able to take a shower at long last!

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CTyankee May 2 OP
samnsara May 2 #1
CTyankee May 2 #2
Diamond_Dog May 2 #3
2naSalit May 2 #4
CTyankee May 2 #6
malaise May 2 #5
CTyankee May 2 #7
malaise May 2 #8
MissB May 2 #9
localroger May 2 #10
milestogo May 2 #11
zanana1 May 2 #12
CTyankee May 2 #13

Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 08:35 AM

1. can you please come flood both my garages?

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Response to samnsara (Reply #1)

Sun May 2, 2021, 08:37 AM

2. Are you a pack rat?

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 08:51 AM

3. My husband is a pack rat, too

Our basement is full of his tools, fishing tackle, shelves of stuff “he might need some day”, etc. etc.

I dread the thought of ever moving from this house.

I am very happy for you that yours will all be fixed up and taken care of! There’s nothing quite as nasty as a flooded basement! Good luck!

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 08:56 AM

4. Somehow...

It seems like it was meant to happen so that a whole bunch of things which needed to be addressed became possible all at once with a few days of inconvenience. Amazing. That's how things happen in my world so I can truly relate. And the resolve usually shows up ten seconds before I loose my shit about, not always but mostly.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #4)

Sun May 2, 2021, 09:12 AM

6. Yep. My husband is handicapped and moves slowly with a walker, so I must be his caregiver

In the recent past I had to hire someone to make our home "handicapped" accessible. There's a limit to what I can and cannot do.

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 09:01 AM

5. PHEW!

Glad you're back to normal life

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Response to malaise (Reply #5)

Sun May 2, 2021, 09:21 AM

7. Actually, it will be better and normal. I had no idea how many of my worries about the basment

will now be fixed, just like that!

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #7)

Sun May 2, 2021, 09:46 AM

8. True sometimes bad things happen for good

reasons. You do have me worrying about the heater - I swear this one is over 20 years. I'll have the plumber check it out this week.

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 09:59 AM

9. I probably should get ours replaced

We’ve lived there 18 years so it’s 17 years old.

Thanks for the reminder!

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 10:38 AM

10. Ours is 29 years old

Eyeing garage nervously...

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 11:44 AM

11. A hot water heater is not immoral.

waking up

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Response to CTyankee (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 12:09 PM

12. When I first read the title, I thought it said...

"Update on the blood in my basement". Whoa.

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Response to zanana1 (Reply #12)

Sun May 2, 2021, 02:43 PM

13. It looked like somebody had died down there in a way...

I hated it but that is where the washer and dryer went. Clearing it all out was my nightmare. But what has happened is that all of the trash gets thrown away.

This was one of the last houses built before WW2. There is only one full bath and a half bath downstairs. I guess in those days folks didn't expect many bathrooms in their house. Nor were there new cars. All those factories were repurposed to make war materiel.

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