Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Ocean Followed Me Home..........


..............Has that ever happened to you???..........let me explain..............Now that i can finally hear myself think i need to get on here and let you know i did not take off touring the country, running around saving the turtles from my last post.......nope.....I do have some self control.....heh......What did happen is Hubby and i were treated to a trip to the coast for a Christmas present!! Hello Ft. Bragg and Mendocino .....absolutely gorgeous!  Just what hubby needed to relax......he laughed...he played...he slept all the way home!Had a wonderful, wonderful time.  When we got back to the 'Gifter's' house (about midnight) we decided to go ahead and drive the hour to hour and a half home.  Just was not looking forward to another night on the air mattress....our age is showing......lol.........Little did we know that pesky ocean was following us home!


I have so many posts planned for here........finishing the craft project and i'd much rather show you more pictures of the Beach but i thought you'd like to hear why i've been missing in action for awhile......When we pulled up in our driveway i noticed some water on the sidewalk.......it hadn't rained and it wasn't like the water marks from the sprinklers being on.......it was more like something was draining.........hubby opens the front door and ......................steps into 2 inches of water covering the entire bottom floor of the house! I'm gonna go ahead and say it.....OH MY GOD!.........We were in shock!The waterline in the back of the frig connected to the icemaker had come loose who knows when??? We left about 3pm Fri afternoon and returned about 1am Sunday morning!  Hubby got the water stopped and i started calling Jinx.  I thought for sure he had been stranded upstairs........his litter box was downstairs...in the flood and his food.........so i though surely he must have had to do his business up there and i was not looking forward to that!  But no Jinx...........

I called and called and finally..........the most pitiful MEOW i've ever heard came from the living room.....he must have jumped up on the window sill or the washer/dryer......somewhere right? He was UNDER THE COUCH huddled in all the water like a drowned rat........can you believe it?  why wouldn't he make a run for the stairs??but no he sat in the water until we came home.....in his defense lol.........under the couch has always been his sanctuary.....when people come over or i turn on the vaccum......zoom under the couch he goes until his curiosity wins him over........plus he would have had to go right by the spraying water to get up the stairs......silly cat......i can only hope he would have gotten out of the water before he started blowing bubbles.........

The damage...............oh boy.........do you really want to know?........Well the pictures should tell the story.....Hubby and i immediately started bailing water........getting what we could up out of the water.....Hubby pushed a broom with the bluetooth attached to his head making phone calls.....i wielded a dust pan scooping water out the door...it really was just a drop in the bucket......We called about half a dozen water removal companies each of them turning us down saying either they don't service our area or said they would call us back and never did until finally someone took pity on us........While waiting for them hubby called a coworker and he brought his wet/dry vac over  and that helped us make a dent in it.  We really had a moment there before we got a hold of anyone of feeling very alone and just us against this wall of water..........but us against the world we know how to do that!...The backs of my legs were so sore the next day from bending over ,scooping i could hardly move! :)

The water removal comapny that came to our rescue at 2am in the morning was Advanta Clean of Central Valley..........they really do deserve mention here......they were amazing....they worked 12 hours straight to getrdone.........however i do think we are in the wrong line of work.....$225 an hour!!! and that does not include the cost of the machines.....$35 a day per machine......7 machines......4days.....And those machines! LOUD! does not come close to describing them......24/7.......just really grates on your nerves.......we kind of huddled in the master bedroom upstairs with the door closed most of the time......But i'm happy to say the machines are gone now........they cut the sheetrock about a foot off the floor and removed the insulation the same..........tore the rugs out......I lost about 20 books i had stacked on the floor ....sniff sniff.....the couches are on plastic legs.......the coffee/end tables are on metal legs.......the curio cabinet and roll top desk seem to have survived unblemished and the diningroom table and chairs as well...... the carpet will need to be replaced and new sheetrock and insulation on the walls.........the bottom of the kitchen cabinets and island warped so that will need to be replaced but other than that we faired well........ or at least it could have been a whole lot worse......my Jinky boy survived the ordeal and is back to his cuddly , loveable self......

Once we pay the deductible everything else will be taken care of........So far USAA insurance has been great thru the whole process.......the contractor was here yesterday measuring etc......working up his bid......and from what he says by the end of the month things should be back to normal around here........What a way to end 2012 or begin 2013 however you want to look at it........I prefer to say end 2012 as it was still 2012 when the flood actually happened so this is a new year! Don't forget to count your blessing...and if your away from home and feel the urge to go back home...listen...oh and keep an eye on that pesky, sneaky ocean.......it likes to follow you home! Hugs! deb

3 comments:

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Oh gosh, I was just about to say how fun Medocino was - we were there long ago but I still remember it vividly. USAA is a godsend, those folks rock it. I have never had better service in the world. Thankfully you were mostly covered.....whew! Poor Jinx, he must be wigged out big time, he moves across country and then a flood....he may jump up in that window and never come down.....glad it all turned out mostly ok. xox

CraftyViolet said...

So sorry to hear about your flood. I used to work in an insurance company and have taken many a claim like this. Hubby and I always turn the main water valve off when we go somewhere overnight, and sometimes if we are just going away for a day trip - just as a precaution. Glad to hear your insurance company came thru for you.

Eileen Bergen said...

Oh Deb, I'm so sorry! Your new home ... sniff...

Life sure has its highs and low. Glad you have good insurance.