So, it’s been a long week (and a long time since I posted). What started out as a somewhat normal week has ended up being absolutely crazy and far out of our normal. Monday night our house flooded due to a clogged toilet that we didn’t notice for a while. Kids were in bed and my husband and I were watching a movie. Not sure if a kid woke up and went to the bathroom and flushed and it was clogged then or if the sewer backed up or if the toilet is just old and needing replaced. Either way, it ran for an hour or more before we noticed. Headed to bed to discover a flooded hallway and the toilet looking like a fountain. Spent 3 hours cleaning up as much as we could and also called our insurance to get that set up because of how much water there was left in the carpet and padding even after our meager attempt to remove it.
The water removal company showed up Tuesday at 6:30 to assess things and get started on the removal steps. So much water was still removed and they took out quite a bit of carpet. It was necessary to spray a sporicide to kill germs and such and so we have been displaced in a hotel for a few days.
It’s amazing how much damage water can do. Carpet and padding, drywall & the wood panels, and the trim work all got damaged in pretty much every room. The only rooms spared were our kitchen, dining and laundry areas.
But among the chaos and destruction there is a blessing. We had been talking about replacing the carpet in a couple of years because several of us deal with allergies/asthma and other respiratory issues and we knew the carpet needed to be replaced. The how just wasn’t what we thought it would be. But that’s ok. It’s working out for the best. Every room will have new flooring and it will be better for us.
Other notable thing that happened was a broken finger on one of our boys. A little too much rough housing apparently. Thank goodness for splints, & Cool Azul Pain Cream. Life is always an adventure at our house.
If there is one thing we’ve tried to teach our kids, it’s that sometimes you gotta roll with it. It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you react to it. When I saw the amount of water in our flooring (all the way up to my ankles) I looked at my husband and almost lost it. But he put his hand on my arm, steadied me and said “It will be ok, lets just clean up what we can.” Thank God for that man! I don’t know if I would have been able to continue in a calm manner if he hadn’t said anything to me. I am truly blessed to have him as my husband.
So now we have about 2-3 weeks till everything is completed. I’m just thankful that it wasn’t worse, that it happened before we went to bed and not after (we have kids who wake up in the middle of the night), thankful that we got up as much water as we could, given the circumstances, and thankful that we are all ok. God is good. He always provides.