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Old 11-24-2008, 04:46 PM   #1
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I think I should start that novel

I have always wanted to write the Great Canadian Novel, and I think I should start as I have a lot of material right here in my home.

Some of you know we had a sewage flood almost two weeks ago and we own a townhouse in a leasehold complex (means we have a management company instead of a strata council). Anyway, they took 18 hours to call the plumber and DH had to bail sewage water from the two bathrooms and storage room for 7 hours - 50 gallons worth! Then all they did was have someone clean the carpets and leave air blowers which blew the sewage bacteria into the air and gave me a horrid asthma attack.

Well, our insurance got involved and decided that the carpets, floors, vanities and even parts of walls have to come out. They also left two huge hepa filters and dehumidifier that is not only drying the carpets but our planlts and air too. My skin is cracking and I am drinking a ton of water. Not to mention the constant whir of the many fans 24/7.

Today I have a guy in a hazmat suit who has taped himself into our storage room and now one of our bathrooms with danger tape and plastic and is using a jack hammer to take up the floor. Why you ask? Because it turns out the floor has asbestos in it!!!! He has one more bathroom to do and will have to come back because they haven't taken the vanities out.

Then in my living room and bedroom I have a bunch of people packing up my books and stuff (they won't tough my fragile things) to send to storage until they can tear out the remainder of the carpet (the affected pieces are now gone). They were supposed to pack up the storage room too but because the floor guy was coming at 8 am we ended up doing it ourselves yesterday.

I am also waiting for a guy to come later today to tear out 2 and a half feet high of wall between our ensuite and bedroom closet and the same between the storage room and hall. The also have a small patch in our main bathroom as well.

Then we wait until they decide how much they will pay out for flooring, etc. and all the stuff we lost (not much considering, thankfully).

I am making this my own thread because it is not a vent. Things happen and I am actually beginning to laugh about it all. And, looking on the bright side, we get basically new bathrooms, new flooring in all but two bedrooms (we may just have them do it at the same time.)

....and who knows, you might all be buying my novel in a few months when I hit the best seller list!

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Old 11-24-2008, 04:57 PM   #2
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Other than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?

Good thing you can laugh. Crying would only add to the moisture/water. Hope you get back to normal within a reasonable period of time. Hang in there.
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:01 PM   #3
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Thanks Katie, and I love your comment!

By the way, they just finished packing my cookbooks.....9 boxes worth....they say that is a record!
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:08 PM   #4
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This reminds me of our house fire. All the brand new stuff on insurance, including a new bathroom suite. This was not supposed to be replace but the taps & fittings were gold coloured. The plumber attempted to remove two grab handles from the bath and landed up breaking the bath. The suite was peach coloured & purchased when we did our extension 14 years ago. This is no longer fashionable & peach baths are no longer available - so they had to change the whole suite - toilet, shower tray & cubicle, bath & basin so they were all the same colour. A great pain but hey, a new suite. Bad news was that the plumber was useless and failed to fit the basin taps properly and we have recently discovered a slow leak that has damaged the floor & ceiling below it!!!!
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:28 PM   #5
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Girl, I'm just worried what will happen tomorrow!!! Next thing you know, they will have a plastic bubble over your house!

Come on down to Texas... weather is decent, just watch out for the big hole in my yard!
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:38 PM   #6
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Well, it ended up to be 10 boxes of cookbooks!

Oh Sattie, I feel like I am IN the bubble already. Do you know that I had to put a mask on to use the bathroom?

Oh, and they told me that the carpets and flooring won't be done for TWO weeks at least. I am so frustrated and depressed I let them take all my Christmas decorations and stuff to storage - I am not putting anything up until I am not living in the twilight zone any more!
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:55 PM   #7
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My total sympathies, LP.

My DH manages the construction companies for the insurance companies who do this kind of work. Some of the stories he tells are well... unbelievable!

Take care! Go to the doctor for written proof you're suffering and make sure that's submitted to the insurance company. Between asbestos, mold and your asthma, it pays to make sure there is plenty of documentation.

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LP, i'm right there with LL, definitely document those asthma attacks! if your rented house is making you sick, that's a problem management needs to be prepared to pay for, if necessary.

wishing you the best of luck in getting this done as quickly and painlessly as possible!
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:49 AM   #9
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Thanks LibraryLady and Fireweaver, I really appreciate your concern.

Actually our house is not rented, we own it. The land is leasehold and there is a management company involved, but we own our unit. However, we have an insurance clause that covers anything the management/strata won't, and then our insurance will go after theirs if they see fit.

On Tuesday I did go to my doctor and she gave me a note saying that my asthma had in fact been worsened by the affects of the flood and that I had to go on steroidal medication because of it. She also added into the note that I am recovering from serious leg surgery and can't do much lifting, etc. This note is on file with the restoration company and our insurance company and I have the original here.

This is why they had the team come in to pack for me, and why the extra precautions with the asbestos.

Oh, and the latest update....when he removed the floors he found even more wall damage than they originally suspected. The two adjusters and the contractor will be out tomorrow to take a look and assess it but it does not look good. There is now a good chance that we will have to vacate as early as Wednesday and this is difficult with our dogs and our border....who is studying for his final exam which is on Thursday.

But GIG and I know it will all work out.
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:14 AM   #10
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Heck Laurie... sounds like you could possibly end up with a new house before it is all said and done.

I can't even imagine the disruption it has caused you and even how you are coping with it. I would be beside myself! I'm amazed that you are keeping your spirits about you. I'm praying for you sweetie... I just can't even imagine what this is like for you.
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