Friday, July 9, 2010

Laundry room fiasco...

Last week, I had a flood in my brand-new laundry room.

It's taken me so long to write about it because I was annoyed for this long. Nothing major happened...I didn't even need to call a plumber.

The drain hose from the washer to the main pipe came loose while the washer was voila a flood in the laundry room.

Really the ONLY thing that saved us was the fact that there is a rather large dip in the floor (due to an old illegal drain that we covered up when we renovated the room. Now, I almost wish we had kept it! UGH!

Water got into the bathroom, into the water heater/water softener closet, all the way under the stairs and into the office. Luckily...very little got into the new carpet...but I know some soaked up into the drywall (I saw it first hand in the office)...and that worries me because the contractor put the wrong stuff in and talked hubs out of replacing with the right stuff.

Unfortunately, there is a tiny bit of dampness remaining downstairs...not actual wet spots...just damp smell. We have the de-humidifier working full force and I'm trying to keep the windows open and fans going to circulate air.

Any other tips or tricks to ridding a damp smell? Eventually, we know we'll have to replace the carpet in the office (it's bright red, btw) which we planned to do anyway...but I certainly don't want to do it now when I have so many other things to do.

Looking on the bright side; it could have been worse...I guess. And it certainly won't happen again! No, I'm not giving up doing the laundry...although that was a thought. DH zip-tied the hose to the hot water hopefully it'll stay in place now. **sigh**


  1. Oh no! How horrible! Have you tried using a dehumidifier to help dry everything? When our roof was leaking, we used to use one all the time to help dry the drywall and carpet.

  2. We keep one going all the time to keep the basement less 'moist-basementy' feeling...I think we have another one...maybe I'll pull that one out.

    Did you have any issues with the drywall getting wet from your roof? I'm afraid of the "M" word...eeek!