Saturday, January 25, 2014


Where the leak was.  We have already started pulling books from the shelves.

The ceiling tiles that rained down on us (along with a ton of water) when they could no longer hold the weight.

This is what a book looks like after a shower...

The books we could salvage... 

The rest are all Left Behind series, my Sue Grafton series, my James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Janet Evanovich, Kathy Reichs, etc. etc. etc.  WET.  Unless the overall dehumidifying somehow helps the books...  I doubt it. 

My hubby's briefcases (wonder if he looked inside yet?)

Hubby's chair is SATURATED

Last year's taxes...he had just pulled the box off the shelf to begin working on this year's.
Everything on his desk was wet...hope we can save the pictures!

The printer was wet, but we think his laptop escaped.  J will come over tomorrow to test all of the electronics.

Lots of wet stuff...

The water remediation people arrived (sent by our insurance company) and spent three hours here today.  They will be back again for the next three days.  They moved the bookcases into the storage room and I think the man said they are ruined (particle board swells when it gets wet).  They moved the pool table to the other side of the basement and pulled up half the carpet. The padding is toast, but he thinks the carpet will dry fine. 

The man said so far our insurance agency has been great.  He said they will even pay for the increased cost of electric due to all of the heavy duty fans and dehumidifiers running 24 hours a day for the next three days.  I have to make a list of everything we have lost.  Oh I do NOT want to go through all of those books and write down the name and title.  Heartbreaking. 

But, my family is safe and it could have been worse.  It wasn't.  Thank You, God. 


  1. OMG it looks terrible - you poor poor thing

    1. I am thankful we were home to discover it or it could have been much, much worse.

  2. not sure how this works (duh, sorry) I'm Barb in CA

    1. You can leave a comment on any post. Thanks for reading.

  3. I hope it gets all sorted out soon.

    1. We have 2 more days of BIG fans and BIG de humidifiers and then hopefully we can begin replacing what was destroyed.