How have all of y’all been, these last couple of weeks? We have had some really new and stressful events happen on our lives these past few weeks. We had a few great shows that we were planning on binge watching on the Roku. We don’t have cable so mainly we rely solely on Amazon, Netflix and Hulu services to keep up on our ‘stories’. The kids had planned on having special one on one time each seperately with the grands. Which, by the way, they did get to go on and do. I had planned to really pick up the homeschool pace, so that this year we could have more summer off than at school. And of course my husband and I had planned on really hitting it in the garden.
On Sunday night, as I was putting away my son’s clothing, in his room, I looked down at his floor and where I was standing was a little puddle of water. My sock was soaked. I called my husband in there and he helped me move his dresser…the entire bottom of the wood frame collapsed and fell to the floor in pieces, the wood was so wet. We had to now find out what to do. I asked my son if maybe he had used the bathroom in the night on the dresser, his response was “why, would I pee in my floor?!” He was correct, why would he pee in his floor?! Hahaha.
We are first time homeowners. We had not the faintest idea what we needed to do, especially since it was the weekend. We called our wonderful Farm Bureau agent, Laurel, and she got us directed to the right track. Next we had to find an all-in-one kind of restoration company, and a plumber. We knew a plumber previously but he has since retired.
Apparently we had been having a leaking in our cold water pipe, slow and steady. It was Monday morning and the plumber wasn’t free until Friday morning. The adjuster wasn’t free until Thursday morning. And the water and fire restorations people came right out on Monday. We had to empty my son’s room and the laundry room. Now we’re have a small farm house. Our house is about 1300 sq feet. All of the stuff from the laundry area and that bedroom were now in the living room, including the washer and dryer. This may sound normal or like less of a hassle for some but I am a SAHM who happens to homeschool. I spent most of that week flipping out and crying. Our kitchen was also in complete disarray.
Our cat has had to stay most of the last two weeks in out room and it’s cat bedroom due to holes in the floor. The dogs have had to be shuffled from area to area because everyday men and women have come to the house to work.
After crying initially over the very high deductible for insurance, and having two rooms shoved and compressed into the main living area, the restorators started to haul in massive dryers and de humidifiers. This made our house vibrate and sound like the airport. The men had to strip the underneath of the house of insulation and plastic in the crawl space to dry it out, leaving our air vents exposed to the warmth. At the time we didn’t know the dryers were making the vents warmer and causing the air conditioning to run twenty four hours a day. Now in the county in which we live, we have a cool option to prepay for power. It is awesome bc daily you get an email or a beeping notification on your kitchen outlet that lets you know how much you had spent the day before. Every pay period I put money on it for that week or two. Now at the end of the first week we had spent almost 4 times what we spend a week in electric. Finally the temperature had risen to 90 degrees and we were forced to call an air conditioning repair man.
The air guy was great and after a fifty dollar check up, he said that the unit will not make it to summer (where temps are in the high nineties and sometimes higher). We got a quote and it was looking like it would be 6900.00 to replace. We were given a small window unit, and went to Lowe’s to get several fans. Later on that day the kids and I feeling hopeless just laid hands on the unit and prayed. The next day, my dad (master of all trades) told us to turn the unit back on to fan. And when my husband turned it back on a cool blast of air shot out of the vent near him hitting the back of his heels. The air has been fixed for about a week now. And my my my it is fabulous! Come to find out that the unit was entirely frozen up, causing it to run continuously.
The dryers have come and gone, the insulation is back up, the water line fixed, the AC is still working well, the old flies are gone, the new ones are in place, and tomorrow we will have new paint on the walls, and all will be well.
The best part is that we will be able to clean and start back at school (not having missed more than a weeks worth). So, in less than a week we will have a brand new space for our son and a clean home!
I also would like to thank a ton of people now because we did not struggle alone, many people had to listen to me cry and complain, had opened their doors to allow me to do laundry outside of our home, and supported us emotionally or financially, or offered to help, some people made us meals, some even just called to check up on us. I will not embarrass you by calling you out but Thank You to all whom have helped us. It means more than you may know.
All is well that ends well!