On August 29, 2019, I dropped Sierra off at our home after school only to find what can only be described as a disaster. When we walked in the front door, a geyser was shooting out of the bottom of the dishwasher. On first inspection, there was also one inch of water in the kitchen floor and the carpet was soaked in the living room and master bedroom.
What I thought was going to be a long sleepless night, has as of this writing turned into an 8-week nightmare. On that first day, I pumped 84 gallons of water out of the hvac system, 7 gallons off the kitchen floor and 6 gallons out of the living room and bedroom carpets. Over the next 4 days, I used our carpet cleaner to remove several more gallons from the carpets. None of these steps seemed to resolve the issues. So, on September 3, 2019 I filed a claim with our insurance.
The initial claim called for 32 square feet of new sub floor, new tile throughout the kitchen and new carpet pad in the living room (a total of $2,400). Fast forward 8 weeks and the claim now stands at right around $10,000 and includes replacing all of the insulation and vapor barrier under the house. Keep reading to see the damage, the repair process and the final results!
Repair and Renovation
The above pictures show the damage from the failed dishwasher plumbing. The pictures below show the upgrades we planned while other repairs underway. (Namely: re-sealing windows, replacing drywall, upgrading electrical, etc)
At publishing time, we still have a lot of work to do. We are living in the house and slowly putting things in order. I still need to finish two windows in the living room and start the two in the kitchen (Over the winter, all windows will get new insulation and casings). The insurance company owes us approximately $7,000 which has stopped all work under the house. While the insulation is gone, I am adding new plumbing for the eventual remodel of the master bathroom. I also am planning to build an insulated box for our pressure tank and make some repairs to the air conditioning wiring. Until checks come in though, the house will remain unfinished and our stress levels will remain elevated. We will post updates to this post as work progresses.