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Old 01-15-2006, 10:02   #1 (permalink)
Nosey
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Georgia Flood

Snake-Pit #51 got flooded on Tuesday. I was gone for about two hours running
errands. Upon my return home I could hear the smoke detectors in my house
blaring over the diesel engine of my daily driver even before I opened the
garage door. The first thing that I thought was that I had a fire somewhere
in the house. My smoke detectors are all wired together so if one goes off
all of them go off. When I opened the garage door I saw water pouring from
the ceiling of the garage. I was very confused. I don't have a sprinkler
system installed in my house but the smoke detectors were going off and
there was water coming from the garage ceiling. I ran into the garage
through the water and up the stairs into the house and I couldn't smell
smoke anywhere. I went down the upstairs hallway and heard the shower
running in the hall bathroom. When I opened the door to the bathroom I found
the whole room in a shower of water. At first I thought it was coming from
the bathroom ceiling. I've been in my attic several times and I know there
is no plumbing above that bathroom so I was very confused. I then realized
that the water supply line going to the toilet tank was leaking. Leaking
isn't really strong enough of a word. Water was flying out of this line. It
was shooting up to the top of the bathroom's 10 foot ceiling! I went into
the room and shut off the supply valve to the toilet tank and got the water
to stop. The smoke detectors are still going off so I check the rest of the
house for fire. I find nothing burning so I go back down to the garage to
see what the water leak has damaged down there. I see that water is still
leaking from several areas of the garage ceiling but there is a strong
stream of water coming out of the smoke detector in the ceiling. The water
shorted out the smoke detector and set off all of the detectors in the
house. I grab my three-step ladder and climb up to disconnect the smoke
detector so they will stop and then I get zapped! It wasn't enough to stop
my heart or anything like that but I was quite "shocked". After a few
minutes I think enough to kill the circuit breakers before I try to
disconnect the smoke alarms again. Guess where the breaker box is? In the
garage with about an inch of water on the floor at that wall. After the
tickle from the smoke alarm I'm now VERY cautious of electrical shock so I
grab a broom and push the breaker switches off with the wooden handle.
Finally the alarms stop. I called my insurance company and let them know
what has happened. They recommend a company to come out and dry the house
and minimize damage. While waiting for them to get here I start hauling
things out of the garage into the driveway. I got very lucky with the amount
of water damage to stuff in the garage. Several cardboard boxes got wet as
well as my workbench, but I managed to dry all of that out with minimal
loss. Most things stored on the garage floor are in plastic storage
containers and my Torino is parked in the other bay so it didn't get wet.
The house didn't fare well at all. The bathroom floor is ruined. Water
leaked down the heating duct into the HVAC unit but it only needed that one
duct changed and a good cleaning. Luckily the heater was turned off when the
leak happened. The carpeting is ruined in the hall and master bedroom. The
floor coverings have been removed exposing the bare plywood and tack strips.
I've had de-humidifiers and fans running in my house constantly from Tuesday
afternoon until Friday morning. They even drilled holes in the walls under
the baseboard to run air hoses inside the walls. The cause of this flooding
was the $2 plastic water supply line to the toilet got blown out of the
coupler. I had a plumber come out to check out my water pressure as it
seemed a bit high at times. 115 psi inside the house! He changed the
pressure reducer valve so this doesn't happen again. The insurance adjuster
will be here Tuesday morning to put a price tag on the damage.
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Ken
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Old 01-15-2006, 11:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Georgia Flood

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The cause of this flooding
> was the $2 plastic water supply line to the toilet got blown out of the
> coupler. I had a plumber come out to check out my water pressure as it
> seemed a bit high at times. 115 psi inside the house! He changed the
> pressure reducer valve so this doesn't happen again. The insurance adjuster
> will be here Tuesday morning to put a price tag on the damage.



Man, my heart goes out to you. What a damned mess. Best of luck with
the repairs, I hope the process is as painless as possible. Most of
all, I'm glad you didn't end up cooked in the garage from that box.

As a first-time homeowner, I have believed our water pressure to be too
high, but was never sure. Guess whom I'm calling on Monday?

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Old 01-15-2006, 16:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Georgia Flood

In article <dqdvle$m4j$1@domitilla.aioe.org>, Nosey
<kfrei43@removethis.hotmail.com> wrote:

> Snake-Pit #51 got flooded on Tuesday.


Uh, aren't you supposed to get a permit turn a residence into a
watersports venue?

That's a real drag. I had to deal with a couple exploded lines in my
house a few years back, and that was at 80 pounds pressure. My toilet
supply lines are now those pre-made braided steel lines, like you see
on race engines. I bought them because I was sure they were worth some
horsepower on the can, and what real man can't use that?

Sorry, just trying to cheer you up in my own sick way. Weren't you
in Texas? How come I can't seem to keep track of you? The Feds closing
in? Damn, there I go again.

Well, at least you have insurance. You can ask them why this crap
always happens when you are running errands.

CobraJet

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Old 01-15-2006, 17:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Georgia Flood

CobraJet wrote:
> In article <dqdvle$m4j$1@domitilla.aioe.org>, Nosey
> <kfrei43@removethis.hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Snake-Pit #51 got flooded on Tuesday.

>
> Uh, aren't you supposed to get a permit turn a residence into a
> watersports venue?


I believe that's only needed for commercial parks. I guess I could charge
the local kids admission but it's still a bit too cold out for that kind of
thing. I don't want to keep the water park motif in the garage until spring.

> That's a real drag. I had to deal with a couple exploded lines in my
> house a few years back, and that was at 80 pounds pressure. My toilet
> supply lines are now those pre-made braided steel lines, like you see
> on race engines. I bought them because I was sure they were worth some
> horsepower on the can, and what real man can't use that?


The toilet now has a mandrel bent chromed supply line.

> Sorry, just trying to cheer you up in my own sick way. Weren't you
> in Texas? How come I can't seem to keep track of you? The Feds closing
> in? Damn, there I go again.


I retired in November and moved back into my home in Atlanta. I was renting
an apartment while I was in Texas. My squadron in Atlanta decommissioned in
June 2004 and I only had 14 months left to retirement. My wife had a good
job here, my oldest daughter was in college here, and my youngest daughter
was starting her senior year in high school. Instead of moving the whole
family I went to Texas alone.

> Well, at least you have insurance. You can ask them why this crap
> always happens when you are running errands.


I have insurance but the deductible is $500 and the plumbing bill was $350.
The plumbing part isn't covered by our insurance so that's $850 already
spent. The wife wants some upgrades too. We are thinking about putting a
tile floor in the bathroom and replacing the carpeting with hardwood. While
the workmen are here she wants them to remodel the master bath too. I want
better lighting and some additional electrical outlets for the garage. We'll
see how much it's going to cost in the end.
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Ken
ThunderSnake #51


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