One thing you learn when you have water damage in a home is that there is a whole team of specialists ready to clean up any mess. For these guys, it’s everyday stuff. For me, it was my very first time using them or even hearing about their profession.
These guys are the clean-up people. Not exactly glamorous, but to me they are my Justice League.
After the plumber came to shut off water, he sent for the mitigation specialist who promptly began the clean-up. By that, I don’t mean just mopping up the wet floor. Nay–they’ve got the tools to cut away at drywall, pull out soggy and moldy insulation, and rip out damaged wood on the floor. They know to make the cuts beautifully and up to industry specification so that the patch work would go smoothly by the next specialist, the restoration guys.
After the cutting and removing, my mitigator began the work of drying out the place. He set up several gigantic fans around the family room and garage along with several dehumidifiers and let them rip for five days and four nights, nonstop. The noise was deafening and the electric usage went through the roof, but there was no doubt that these dryers were working, as was evidenced by my indoor plants which quickly dried to a crisp.
He also set up a temporary water heater so we would have running hot water again. That’s when I almost bent down to kiss his feet. But I held back.
“I’ll be back after the weekend to retrieve the fans and stuff. You have to keep them on at all times.” With that, my hero rode off into the sunset.
Meanwhile, David and I had plans to go to Seattle for the weekend without our children to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We originally had planned to leave them at home to fend for themselves — they are 15 and 12 now — for the very first time, thinking that they are mature enough to handle the weekend on their own, but I started to have some reservations after our episode with the busted water heater.
What if the fans caused an electric fire?
What if there is another water leak?
What if the kids lose their hearing by the fan noise?
I began to wonder if our second honeymoon plans were all going by the wayside.
That’s when our friends stepped up to help us. They each volunteered to take in a child for the weekend so David and I could go away. Bless their hearts!
After we boarded the dog, we hopped on a flight to Seattle. It was remarkable how the noise of the jet inside the cabin sounded just like my family room back home.
Well, we’re happy to report that David and I had a wonderful time celebrating our anniversary in Seattle. The kids survived at home, and our home was completely dry when we came home. Josh did have several nose bleeds over the weekend, though, due to the completely dry air in the house.
As our short season of trials and tribulations come to a close, we have all become a little more appreciative of…normalcy.
We are grateful for the simple things in life, such as
- A running car
- A functioning laptop
- A pinky toe that is not broken
- Running water
- Hot water
- Proper water pressure
- Quiet in the home
- Helpful friends
- Plumbers, carpenters, mitigation specialists, and others in the trade.
Maybe God sometimes makes us experience hardships simply so that we would appreciate the little things in life. It’s so easy to forget that everything we have is a gift from God in the first place. In no time, we begin feeling entitled to everythings.
May we never take life — nor plumbers — for granted!