Monday, May 3, 2010

A Not-So Pleasant Surprise.

At 5:15 this morning, Grandson came into our room.


"Yes, Honey"

"There's water on my floor and a big, wet circle on the ceiling."

I'm really proud of myself for not blurting out the expletive I was thinking at the time.

(this is what it looked like this evening)

It's been really hot here since Saturday, and we turned the air conditioning on yesterday.  We had no way of knowing that the condensate drain for the unit in the attic was clogged.  During the night, water poured onto the attic floor, through Grandson's bedroom ceiling onto the floor, through the living room ceiling below, and was beginning to drip onto the carpet and ottoman.  We had to move fast.

We got trash cans to catch the pouring water, and piled towels onto the floor to soak up the water.  (This was one time that I was thankful that I love towels and have a whole linen closet full of them.  We needed every single one.)

As the day went on, and the pouring became dripping and finally stopped, the skim coating on the ceiling drooped lower and lower.  By afternoon, pieces began to fall.  I was hoping to be able to leave it till tomorrow, after the a/c repair crew comes, but I couldn't.  We spread drop cloths, and I scraped off everything that was loose and falling.  It's about half the ceiling.  I'm just sick.

The plasterer did such a wonderful job when he repaired this ceiling while we were restoring this room a few years ago.  Now we have to do it all over again.

I'm going to do my best Scarlett O'Hara impression for the now ... tomorrow is another day, and I will think about repairing all of this later.  Once it's dry, I can better assess the damage and figure out how to proceed.

It sucks to go backward. 

(written by Hartwood Roses.  Hartwood Roses blog.)


  1. We had an AC surprise as well today, though not as damaging as yours. We turned it on for the first time of the season last night and it worked fine, today it is blowing hot air.

  2. Bummer! We had a similar problem, several years ago. Thankfully, it didn't cause that much damage. Hubby did, however, manage to step through the hall roof, trying to fix it. Instead of repairing the ceiling, he put in an attic stairway, so he doesn't have to climb around to get to that stuff anymore.

  3. Oh gosh, I'm SO sorry to hear this news! I hope it looks worse than it really is!

    *big hugs*


  4. UGH... had a similar situation... sons toilet overflowed..and overflowed... and dripped down through the ceiling fan into the living room and piano and couch and oriental rug and... and...

    It was a horid mess, some of the furniture still has pucker marks. Floor had to be refinished as well. Hopefully, your damage is not as great.

  5. Oh no!!!! That's horrible! Here's hoping that it's not as bad as it looks. (And if it is, go out to the barn and scream all the expletives you want as loud as you can - it'll make you feel better!!) Hang in there!

  6. Oh no! :-( That's really bad. So sorry.

  7. Ugh, we had the same thing happen, but luckily our unit upstairs has a relief valve so when we saw water spewing out of it we knew something was wrong.


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