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Saturday, July 14, 2007

What a day...

Well today turned out to be a day of trials and tribulations to say the least!!

It just started out as plain old yucky! I got up and didn't feel 100% to begin with. Then I had a few phone call from a family member that just didn't go well at all, none of the times we talked.

After several calls to my bestest gal pal, I finally resolved to turn it over to God, pray about it - and try not to think about it again for the rest of the day... (yeah, as you can imagine that just didn't happen.)
About 4pm it was time to get ready to go to church - and it got dark. I mean really dark and black and the bottom fell out! It was raining soooo bad I couldn't see the road in front of my house. I decided there was NO way I was driving in that. So I called my friend to say I wouldn't be at church! (Didn't want them to worry when I didn't show up!)

The rain came down!! I mean it came down hard!!!! The power flicked on and off - it was soooo bad that I turned off the computer. It has to be pretty bad for that to happen. Well an hour and a half, and almost five inches of rain later - it began to clear up a little. So I came into the scrapping room to sign back on the computer.

I was in there, oh about ten minuets and I started to hear water running. I am like - what the heck is that. I walked into my living room and there was a river running OUT of my ceiling -from the ceiling fan fixture - and oh yeah - it was TURNED ON!!!!!! The water was flooding the coffee table which was located under the fan!

I ran over to flip the switch, went and found a bucket, and ended up calling a neighbor down the road to come and help me.... after turning off the main breaker to the ceiling fan and about 45 min of searching in the attic we found the leak!! LUCKY for me, my neighbor happens to be an independent Insurance Adjuster!!! So he helped me figure out that at 2.5 years (to the day!) my house was not under warranty. And I ended up having to call my home owners insurance. Well it is the weekend, so they couldn't do anything. So thank goodness my Insurance adjuster neighbor happens to be friends with the emergency service my Insurance company uses - so he called the owner and got someone out here to help try to fix it up. Or at least make it less dangerous - oh yeah and did I mention it is suppose to rain again tonight and tomorrow?!?!?!

Five industrial fans, and a four foot high dehumidifier later - we are trying to dry out. The Chimney flashing (which is causing the problem) is somewhat covered with a tarp. So now it is three days of listening to the industrial fans. A few calls more to the Insurance company, a roofer that will need to come, and oh they will have to scrap my whole living room, dinning room and kitchen ceiling and respray it... and then we should be back to as good as new!!!

So in looking back on this day and trying to think about the positives... Well lucky for me my neighbor came to my rescue and since he was an adjuster was able to help me find the problem, report the problem, and get someone here to help fix the problem.

The guys who came to fix the problem brought this HUGE dehumidifier - and said that it has to run for at least three days and that my house is going to be really dry!! Well that is good for me. I am a scrapbooker and it has been so humid here I haven't been able to cut paper for about two days now!! So I should have extra dry paper good for cutting for the next three days at least!

And lastly - my dog seems to really like the wind caused by the industrial fans blowing through her hair.
I am so exhausted, I think I am going to call it a night and go to bed! I just pray tomorrow is better!


Anonymous,  July 15, 2007 at 9:00 AM  

Wow, Lori! I thought I'd had a long day yesterday! You'll be in my prayers, and I'm glad you were able to find a few positives in the situation!
Jessica in Kansas

Anonymous,  July 15, 2007 at 11:02 AM  

Lori, so sorry to read about your water leak. I'm employed in independent claims also, and have personally been on your side of the fence with a water claim, so I feel your pain. All those fans and dehumidifiers are so noisy and annoying but believe me it's worth the hassle. You want to take every precaution against mold and mildew hiding in places you can't see. I'm just so glad it didn't happen in the room you keep your s/b'ing papers and tools.

I live in the upper part of S.C. and we didn't get a drop but saw where you were getting all that rain. Hope you get all taken care of as quickly as possible.

And a note to the wise!!! Start getting your s/b'ing stuff put up in sealed plastic containers now. That sheetrock dust from re-doing the ceilings gets on everything (mostly through the A/C system) sometimes no matter what precautions you take.

And again, thanks for the freebie files you offer. Looks like you'll be able to use the one from last Thurs. soon enought :(

Chris Durnan July 15, 2007 at 12:25 PM  

Soo seriousllly see if they can leave that humidifier there so you can cut the rest of the week WOOOHOOO!! so over here in dryland the rain sounds like a blessing and I am just realllllly glad you didn't get zapped, shocked, or lost in the rainstorm itself. THANK GOODNESS you are safe! Good luck on the repairs and try to stay dry! Enjoy! Chris

Chris Durnan July 15, 2007 at 12:26 PM  

Oh and I love the puppy picture tooo!!!! Thank goodness your pooch didn't get zapped. oh man. so many possibilities. Thank goodness you are safe and it wasn't your scrapbook room!


Debbi (no 'e' on the end) July 15, 2007 at 12:31 PM  

Oh Lori.....what a horrible experience. I hope that all gets fixed & insurance covers everything. Definately not sounding like any fun at all. Hang in there sweetie.

Unknown July 15, 2007 at 3:23 PM  

So sorry to hear about your troubles. And that rain storm was bad too!! Hope you get everything fixed soon.

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