I woke up to about half an inch of water in my kitchen, laundry room, dining room, and front closet. I didn't even know how to start the clean up. I called the condo's emergency number, called my neighbor (who also has water), and got Baxter out of the house. As I started pulling out the bins that were in my front closet (which is a huge, walk in meant for storage) and moving furniture, I got to thinking about all I've done to this place and I'm so sad.

The condo management company has a clean up team in the area (they started in another unit, where the leak started) and I'm waiting to see what they'll do. I'm afraid they'll need to take out the baseboards, some of the drywall, and possibly my flooring. It's so early in the game that I don't know if I'm responsible for replacing the floors and walls or if management does because the problem originated outside my unit.

I realize this is a tiny inconvenience compared to what families in flooded areas have gone through, but in my modest, little life, this is a big deal.

Update: Apparently, a guy one floor above had his toilet tank break in the middle of the night and the broken tank tried to fill itself for hours and hours. I woke up at 7 AM and the water was still coming because he didn't wake up until 8 AM. There are at least four units flooded. His ENTIRE unit had water in it. At least the water didn't touch any of my carpet.

Update 2: One of the facilities guys came in and said that he could already see the laminate floors buckling and it would all have to be replaced. Happy holidays.


  1. oh! Im so sorry! we just delt with flooding in my home town this past week... any kind of water damage is such a pain!!
    hope its an easy clean up!

  2. I am so sorry to hear what happened!!! I totally understand that, even though worse things have happened to people, this is a huge deal for you. Is all of your new furniture going to be ok?

    From experiences in my condo, it seems that when your place is damaged by another person's problem, the liability does not fall on you to fix it. Also, maybe homeowners insurance will help? Good luck!

  3. Oh no!! That is awful. My stomach is in knots just thinking about the sound of unwanted water.

    Im sure insurance would pay for this but its no less annoying to have to deal with even if you don't foot the repair bill.

  4. That is such a crappy thing to have happen. I hope you don't have to foot the bill for clean-up.

  5. This is horrible!! I'm so so sorry. What a horrible way to wake up and on a Saturday no less.

    Hopefully everything is covered and you don't have to pay out for fixing everything

  6. That happened to us about a year ago. We had just put in laminate floors and our hot water heater (that was in the kitchen) leaked all over. So we had to redo them all. Homeownership really sucks sometimes. Good thing you're in a condo! Happy cleanup, hang in there.

  7. oh no!!! i'm glad you were able to resolve things but cleaning up floods are definitely not fun!


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