Monday, December 11, 2006

If your smoke detector catches on fire . . .

. . . it’s a good thing the water leaking through the ceiling puts it out.

Sunday we drove up to our old house, the one that’s for sale, to find water running out the garage door. I thought, “Oh, crap. The water heater broke.” But nothing was in the garage that could be too damaged by water. It would be a pain to clean up and replace, but doable.

Until we lifted the garage door.

And water was pouring off it.

And off the garage ceiling.

A burst pipe?

We run inside to find this.

It’s raining inside our house. But not outside.

What I want to know is, if it’s raining, where’s the rainbow?

A river runs through it.

Can’t wait to see our water bill this month.

Apparently (and I’m going to use passive voice here since the perpetrator is unknown) the master bathtub was stopped up and the faucet turned on full blast sometime twelve or eighteen hours previously.

Okay, I’ve said before my life is fodder for my blog. And then the other day I was saying I had nothing to blog about. But really, God, I could have done with something far less dramatic. Or something that was good news . . . like a book contract.

Can’t wait to see what our water bill is this month.

Oh, and I guess the house is off the market.


  1. ewwww Jen! Dang that sucks! hugs to you!

  2. Oh Jen. My heart just sunk.

    I'm praying. (((hugs)))

  3. Oh snap--when you told me about this, i didn't imagine it was THIS bad. YUCK!! I'm so sorry, Jen. I am praying that God is going to turn this around for you and your family!!

  4. Wow. That's a lot of water.

    So, someone did this on purpose? Did you dust for fingerprints on the bathtub fixtures? Maybe you can turn this into a crime novel plot. Or, um, maybe not.

    Hope you get lots of insurance money for Christmas!

  5. Hey sweetie,
    I tried to call but didn't get you --figure you're busy with all this mess but I'm still praying and will try again. I'm just so sorry.
    Love you,

  6. No pics were necessary from the 2nd floor. According to the cleanup crew, about 12-14 sq. ft. of carpet was still dry ... out of 1200 sq ft.! And most of the upstairs carpet was soaked about 1-2 inches.

    ...and I made a big deal once about my daughter spilling a cup of water in her bedroom.

    Someone owes me a new pair of socks!

  7. Oh, no! Jen, I'm so sorry to hear about this. :( I hope things get better for you all.

    Praying and hugs to you.

  8. Bummer. And those beautiful wooden floors.

  9. My poor friend.
    How are those mus-kles this morning?

  10. I'm pretty sore today. I need to go inventory and throw out food and stuff from the pantry and refrigerator.

    They've pulled up all the floors and all the downstairs ceilings and all the electrical fixtures. Today they are supposed to be pulling out the walls. It's amazing how quickly they can take down what took me months to create.

    Also, the adjustor estimated 3-5 months to rebuild, depending on the extent of the damage, which we won't know until we see how everything dries out.

  11. Aww, Jen. I know how hard you worked on that house. Hang in there, girl.

    I'm praying for you guys, and there's chocolate coming your way too. :)

  12. OHHH! I can't think of anything to say but, sheesh, I'll be praying for you guys. :/

  13. My mouth is hanging to me knees! I just can NOT fathom someone doing such a malicious thing. It's beyond my comprehension. Pray for you, girl. And still flabbergasted.