Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Sewing World has Crashed!

Long story short, we had a pipe burst at night. Our beautiful red oak floors are all gone. Fans with the decibel level of jet engines are running round the clock. The "mildew-cide" will come next. The restoration company could not restore anything so when I came home from work today every bit of furniture was shoved into the dryer areas, lifted off the floors, and the flooring pulled out. It is total chaos and you all know how particular and organized I am.  They have to pull out the cabinets in the sewing room to remove that floor. Our basement is/was bone dry and never had a smell. It's got one now and that's just a couple of days. Orientals have been sent out for cleaning, ugh. Of course guests are coming for the weekend.

This will get fixed as fast as I can get it.  Until I can sew again and have this situation under control blogging may be sparse so bear with me. This is one adventure I hadn't planned on....Something told me to not try to make that dress.....Bunny

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  1. Bunny, I am so sorry. I hope the restoration goes smoothly and quickly for you! Best

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  2. How awful! I hope that you get your room back as soon as possible.

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  3. Been there, done that, NOT FUN. And the pipe that burst in the ceiling between the floors, leaked (GUSHED) right onto/into my then sewing machine. Again, not fun, but you will get through. Hang in!

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  4. I'm so sorry about the mishap. Hopefully when replaced your flooring will look more beautiful than ever, and you'll be ready to sew once again!

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  5. Boy, have you been through it!

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  6. Oh nooo...so sorry for what you are going though.

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  7. Ugh!! I hope this is all put back together quickly and it all becomes a memory!

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  8. Hoping you get your beautiful sewing space back quickly and this drama behind you :)

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  9. OMG Bunny. Water damage is so awful. I'm so sorry.

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  10. I'm soooo sorry! My thoughts are with you! I wish you the best with fixing this situation.

    Rose in SV

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  11. So sorry to hear this! Hang in there, and all will be better soon! Much love, sending lots of patience and prayers for speedy "recovery"!

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  12. Bunny how terrible! How does a pipe burst in the summer? What kind of pipe? How old? Can you tell I'm married to a plumber? Who, by the way, is famous for saying: "Water is just as destructive as fire - it just takes longer." Sometimes it doesn't - take any longer, that is.

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    1. It appears that the primer needed on the pvc pipe to be applied before using the glue was not used. It simply just popped. It seems like other "elbows" are just more accidents waiting to happen so we may have to redo the plumbing! Our house is seven years old. DH had gone to bed and I stayed up a bit longer. Then I did my usual walk around the house to check all the locks, lights, etc. I went downstairs, shut everything off and thought I saw a bit of light under the door leading to the back of the basement. I opened the door and water was gushing at me. It was squirting through the hardwood floor. I went to the source and it was pouring out of the pipe up at the ceiling level. The wall was soaked. The floors were flooded. I yelled for DH. We then proceeded to bail buckets of water out of the house as best we could. They were heavy and aboout ten thirty we said to hell with it, walked out and went upstairs to bed. I called the insurance company the next morning.

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  13. sorry to read this - hope it is all cleaned up faster than you expect.

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  14. Oh Bunny so sorry to hear this :( May your home be completely healed as quickly and smoothly as possible! On to the REALLY important stuff - I trust no fabric or sewing machines were damaged....? ;-)

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    1. All stash and sewing related goodies are fine. Amen! My room is farthest away from the source. I did lose all my floor and will have the cabinets coming out and getting re installed once the new floor is in.

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  15. Sorry to hear that this happened...hopefully it won't take to long to rectify!

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  16. That is simply awful, Bunny! I hope it is all cleaned up and forgotten quickly!

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  17. I know what you're going through, I've had this happen! I'm so sorry and hope you get your house back together soon. At least your sewing things were all saved.

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  18. Oh dear, you don't expect that to happen - especially after 7 years.

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  19. Ugh! My heart just sank at first sight of the photo, and then just continued to plummet. What a mess! What a curveball . . . . Elle

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  20. I truly feel for you, as we have been there. I know the sound of the jet engine fans well, and the dehumidifiers too. Best of luck with the cleanup, Bunny.

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  21. My heart bleeds for you. How horrible. At least the stash is safe!!! Good luck in getting it fixed.

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  22. Bunny what dreadful news you must be devastated, I do hope its gets resolved quickly. I confess, that on more than one occasion it makes me shudder to think what if we had a burst pipe/fire etc and I lost projects, fabric/pattern stash, my beloved machines or work in progress........you have prompted me to use one of my vacation days dedicated to a complete overhaul of my sewing room.

    good luck I hope the situation resolves itself soon and your lovely sewing room is restored to its former glory.

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  23. Oh Bunny, what a mess! I hope you can get everything dried as quickly as possible. I'm sure just getting everything properly dried out will be a relief. Good luck!

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  24. Oh Bunny! How horrible. I know the sound of those fans and that "wet" smell. I hope you dry up quickly.

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  25. What a terrible news. Good luck and hope you'll soon be able to go back to normal.

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  26. Oh that is dreadful news but at least you, DH and your sewing room contents are safe! Hopefully there are ways and means of getting your home put back together as soon as possible. Best of luck with everything, including your weekend guests. Sending positive thoughts and my very best wishes
    Juliet

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  27. Oh, no! You were smart to just quit, go to bed, and start again in the morning. It's so traumatic, and you've endured enough. Take care of yourself while you take care of the house.

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  28. Dreadful. What an aweful thing to go through. Hope it gets better soon and you can feel at ease again. It will take some time to get this all repaired. Best wishes.

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  29. Our house flooded in May. We replaced 1800 square feet of hardwood. Redid kitchen cabinets. Spent 2 weeks cleaning the dust. Cleaned the rest of the carpets and curtains. My house is back to gorgeous. This was not on my schedule, but we made it and you can too!

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  30. Oh my, Bunny. Scary stuff! Deep breathes, deep breathes and long walks away periodically. Take it day by day, hey?

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  31. Horrors, Bunny. Company coming, no sewing, could it get any worse? Hoping that this travail is over soon.

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  32. Oh no! What a disaster! At least your SM and yardage survived. Maybe the silver lining could be some improvements/renovations to your sewing room? Fingers crossed for you!

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  33. Hideous; so sorry! We went through this on Jan. 2, when old pipes in our house popped and my husband's office was flooded. Had to repipe the entire house.....I sure hope that it all gets cleaned up quickly for you. At least it's summer and the company can spend time outside. (At least, I sure hope they can.) Good luck!!

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  34. Yikes. So sorry to hear this happened to you. Hope it'll get put back together soon.

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  35. Oh yuck! What a pain. I'm sure it will be chaos but on the bright-ish side, it *could* be worse. It wasn't a fire or a tornado or some other horrible devastation. Your house is still standing, and no one was hurt. It sounds like such a mess and I have no doubt that the clean up will take twice as long as expected.

    But you're OK and I'm glad.

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    1. You are so right, Claire. In the big picture is is no more than a royal pain in the ass. I see those with awful family issues, illness, etc and this is nothing. I thank God for that.

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  36. oh bunny I an so sorry you are having to go through this mess, but yes , it could be worse. I am sure when it is all finished it will be back to wonderful again!! Hugs to you!!

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  37. Bunny, how awful for you. I hope it all gets sorted soon and you can get back to normal.

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  38. OMG - I can't imagine this in my own studio, and the total chaos that must be ensuing. Hopefully by now things are drying and in some sort of order. Mathematicians say that chaos does have order, but I'm not sure!!! Hopefully everything is enough in order for your guests, and then just think about how überorganized you will be once more!

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  39. I am so sorry to hear this. What an absolute nightmare for you. I hope everything is back to normal soon.

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  40. Oh I feel so bad for you. This is horrible news. Hopefully your sewing room will be back better than ever soon :(

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  41. Bunny, I am so sorry to hear about this disastrous event. I read about a similar situation on a home blog and they did eventually get rid of the smell with those fans. I hope it isn't long before you are geting similar results.
    Hang in there!!

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  42. Bunny, all I can say is soooooo very sorry. Hope your home owners insurance will cover all the damage and you can get the original plumber by the short hairs to do the right joy right this time.
    I so enjoy your blog and have learned a great deal from you.
    thank you, Kathy S

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  43. We once had a broken water line occur in a brand new house (plumber owned up to error) in the master bdrm in the 2nd floor. The water travelled downward through heating ducts etc., VERY quickly (in minutes!), all the way to the basement. Restoration involved not only floors but ceilings and walls too. I read your comment on SG about your hardwood/versus cold tile dilemma - we've used the heating mats that are installed under the tile (NuHeat is one brand) and they are marvelous - warm tootsies on cold winter days. They can be a bit pricey to put in (although I would think the price has come down since we installed 5 yrs ago) but very reasonable to operate. It also supplements the room heat in the winter. I still love hardwood though. Good luck with all this - a lot of work and disruption to a busy schedule never comes at a good time.
    Elaine

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  44. Oh yuck. What a pain to deal with, but there's a little comfort in knowing that these sorts of things can be replaced, unlike family members and relationships. I hope this gets fixed quickly - I can imagine the frustration of not having everything just so.

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  45. If you can get some oil of cloves, dilute it 1/4 tsp to 1 litre water (no stonger or it can stain/damage)in an atomiser. Mist on surfaces to kill mould spores in a 24 hr period (leave so that the spores lose grip). You can then use the same mix to clean off any visible mould. You can also use bundles of chalk to absorb moisture, rotating them out to dry in the sun. Best of luck. Ainslie

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  46. I know the sound of those fans.....I only had a small leak in my kitchen, but boy! the water is so precious to us all, but can be so cruel.....

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