I set the time on this post back to when I was going to post it. I hit post and minimized the window and logjam decided to give me an error message and not post... so here we go again...
I live in the desert. Our average precipitation for the year
is less than 10"
So imagine my surprise when I got up this morning and found a very large puddle of water on the floor of a bathroom I don't use (it's queued up for eventual renovation... eventual being the operative word).
Even better, I found this waiting for me downstairs, in the dining room:
Fun right? Yeah, I didn't think so either. Apparently the tank in that bathroom's toilet decided to start leaking sometime during the night and by morning, the dining room ceiling looked like this:
After a brief moment of panic over my laptop (which was sitting on the dining room table but was far enough from the water to emerge unscathed and more importantly unwet) I started cleaning up the mess and I shut off the water to the upstairs toilet. That seemed to fix the problem of adding new water to the mess, but it didn't do anything about all the water already making it's way through the floor, into the ceiling and onto my formerly gorgeous hardwood floor (it still pains me to think about it).
Since I knew I wouldn't want to drink from any thing that was catching water that had filtered through
my house's floors, I broke out the disposable cups and proceeded to catch the water from the remaining drips in them:
Fortunately the water stopped dripping after a couple of hours and none of the glasses had to be emptied in a rush. I proceeded to start mopping up the mess and collecting wet plaster, drywall, and papers from my dining room table.
While I was waiting for the drips to die out, I took stock of the actual condition of the dining room table:
To my relief, the mess looks a lot worse than it is and I was able to clean the table relatively easily. It still needs a new coat of furniture polish, but that's not exceedingly urgent.
Once I'd sorted out the situation on the first floor, I trudged down to the basement to see what was going on down there. To be honest, I was afraid that I was going to find a new indoor pool down there and I was understandably relieved to find very little damage. The ceiling was pretty wet:
but aside from that it wasn't too bad. I'll need to let it dry out before I know what the total damage is, but it shouldn't be too bad. really the only significant damage was the floor in the dining room and even that isn't too bad. The dining room ceiling is also in bad shape, but I'd been planning on removing it eventually (there's that operative word again ;) because I really hate popcorn ceilings and that one was damaged from previous upstairs leaks (which is one reason I wanted to rip out everything from that bathroom and start over with new, leak-free plumbing).
So how was your day? ;)