I absolutely love that song from Zac Brown Band. I picture myself post-retirement, somewhere in South Florida living the Jimmy Buffet “Margaritaville” lifestyle. Well, my friends, yesterday’s events brought a whole new meaning to that song for me. Or perhaps it’s more appropriate to sing, “Got my toes in the water, toes in the sand…”

I took the day off Monday. I needed a day at home to catch up on some laundry and housework, continue working on opening the pool, and with nothing really pressing on my calendar it seemed like the perfect time to do it. So about noon I put in my first load of laundry. Went off to something else and came back a bit more than an hour later to find this:

Imagine my surprise at finding a flood in my laundry area...


Holy flooding Batman!

Almost an inch deep in water! My washer seems to have developed an issue and instead of draining properly, it all drained out the bottom of the machine. Onto the vinyl floors. Please don’t sit in judgement of the amount of random lint that floated out from behind the dryer, either. And speaking of floating, I found a random toy had floated it’s way all the way down the hall to the downstairs bathroom. This hallway that my laundry area sits in borders the family room and a downstairs bedroom as well. Here is what the family room looked like as I discovered the mess:


It was soaking into the carpeting in the family room AND the bedroom. It was soaking into the drywall. It went under the closet hidden under the stairs where we store lots of stuff, including most of my daughter’s stuff she brought home from her dorm. I broke into tears. I called my husband crying. Then I put on my big girl pants and dealt with it.

Time to Get Help

My first call was to my Homeowner’s Insurance. I double-checked my policy, and this would be covered after the $500 deductible. Not fun, but doable with all things considered. My second call was to ServPro, who was on-site within 30 minutes. They cleaned up the water, helped me move everything out of the wet areas (including that scary closet), and started assessing the damage. The guys removed the trim and cut out the wet drywall, pulled up the carpet to reveal the soaked padding that now had to be removed, discovered that the water had migrated 12 feet down a wall and under another wall into the bedroom closet. I would NEVER have been able to handle this on my own. They brought in 2 dehumidifiers and 8 fans to keep drying everything overnight and were back first thing this morning to continue cleanup and drying efforts. They’ll be back again tomorrow. And more than likely, back for many days to come.

The ServPro crew working to clean up the washing machine flood damage.

Crossing my fingers that before long it will all be back to normal. I called ServPro because I’d seen their commercials – “Like it never even happened!” – That’s what I need!

Tomorrow is my 43rd Birthday. I guess for my birthday this year I’m getting new carpet padding and drywall sections.

In my research, I have learned that my washer, a 4-year-old Samsung, has had this issue happen often enough. Wish I’d known that. Matt’s Appliances from Timberville will be out Friday morning to figure out what is wrong with the washer. My 16-year-old son, who rarely seems to do laundry, spent the evening at his friend’s house yesterday getting some clothes done. Thank God for good friends and neighbors as well.

I apologize that this week’s post isn’t some sort of decorating advice, but at least now you’ll know what to do if you find a flood in your home… As for me, I’m a bit too overwhelmed to think of anything else to write about this week.

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