Whining and feeling sorry for myself

Sunday, December 13, 2009

What an evening we had yesterday! Around 7:00 I heard the distinct plink, plink, plink of water dripping in our bedroom. When I turned on the light, I saw water dripping from the ceiling right onto the bed, which was already soaked. YIKES! Above our bedroom is another bedroom, which we are using right now to store my late mother's things--boxes and boxes of things stacked halfway up the walls. When we explored that room, the carpet was totally soaked--squishy all the way out into the hallway.

By the time we got back downstairs, the one drip had turned into five drips across the length of the ceiling, and the length of the king sized bed, which by that time was totally soaked.

We have hot water baseboard heat so we figured one of the pipes that goes upstairs had broken so Bob turned off all of the valves that serve the upstairs and the back of the house but left the one that goes to the living room on because he was afraid the boiler would get damaged if we turned them all off.

in the meantime, I'm on the telephone trying to get Parkey's to answer because they're the ones that put the system in. I left messages on their emergency voice mail to call me back. The water was still dripping and expanding across the middle of the bedroom ceiling. There was no way we could move the bed. Even if there was a place to move it (there isn't), we couldn't possibly handle its weight.

Parkey's called back about an hour later and said they would charge $250 an hour to come out and $150 an hour for the drive from the Springs and back. Panic time. Bob asked them what they would do if they came out, and they said they'd turn off the valve on the line that goes up to that room. Since Bob had already done that, it didn't seem like a good idea to have him come here to tell us that's all that could be done. We were concerned that the water was still dripping as hard as before and Parkeys said the pipes would have to empty completely before it would stop dripping.

It finally stopped dripping around 10:00 p.m. Now we have totally soaked carpeting upstairs and some totally soaked boxes sitting on it, a totally soaked ceiling in the bedroom, an incredibly soaked bed and bedding along with some soaked carpeting in the bedroom. We'll try to move a many of the boxes out of the upstairs bedroom as we can today. Enough to find the source of the leak, I guess, and we'll call the insurance company tomorrow to find out how we need to proceed from there.

What a mess! whine, whine, whine. . .
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