The Valentine’s Gift

I went last night to Wal-Mart and got Laureen a gift for Valentine’s day… 8 box fans.

Ah, some explanation is required, no?

At 5:18 p.m. yesterday, Laureen calls me. I’m checking out of Wal-Mart, and she says, “There’s water leaking everywhere.” I head home, and true enough, a lot of the first floor has water on it. Most of it’s on the tile in the hallway, main living area, and kitchen. Some of it got onto the carpet in the dining area and under the carpet on the first stair. So we call the insurance, we call Blackmon-Mooring Water Removal Services. They send a guy out at 8:30 p.m. to give us an estimate, which boiled down to: “I can have a crew come in here with dehumidifiers and fans. You can rent them for $1400 over four days. Or, you can go to wal-mart and buy some box fans.”

Guess what I did.

Fortunately, we’ll be OK, we think. We’ll have to replace the pad under the carpet in the dining room… about 2/5 of it is soaked beyond recognition. We have to fully replace the pad in the closet, which is where the water seemed to collect the most. Of course, the closet’s small.

We lost some boxes in the garage. We’re still assessing the damage from that. We’ll have to replace the floorboards in the affected areas. Some wood got wet.

Like I said. We’ll be OK. And because we have a home warranty, the cost of a new water heater will be $55.

So now it’s just keeping Jacob away from the carpet tacks. And trying to restore order from the chaos.

Happy Valentine’s Day, all of you good people.

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One Response to The Valentine’s Gift

  1. Penguin says:

    That stinks. If you look on the bright side, though, at least your city isn’t short on water. Lubbock can’t afford to have such water lost.

    I got coupons for V-day, and a history test, but the test went well.

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