It was the perfect kind of day...until shortly after we came home.
Geoff arrived home at around dinner time, and went down to the basement to get something. He then discovered that the basement bathroom (the lovely bathroom that was just competed about eighteen months ago) was flooded...along with the hallway leading to the bathroom, the toy room, and a closet. The floor was utterly saturated with water. We immediately called a plumber we know, but he wasn't available until the morning. In the meantime we had a huge mess to deal with. Unfortunately, after quickly using up all of our towels and filling our wet vac a couple of times, the carpet seemed just as wet as it was before we started. Geoff had to take all of the baseboards off in the affected areas, and in the process, some of the soggy wall paint started peeling off. It was depressing. We then discovered that when we used the water in the kitchen (which is immediately above the basement bathroom), the flooding started all over again, from below the basement shower. So clearly something's going on between the kitchen faucet and the basement shower. Sigh. We ended up having to call a restoration company to come out Tuesday night to start to dry the place out, because we were worried that the walls/drywall would get totally soaked and require repair. As it is, at least the bottom eighteen inches of the walls got wet; and we'll find out tomorrow whether enough damage was done to them to cause mold issues - in which case, we'll have to rip those walls out yet, too!
Well, as it turned out, after almost three hours looking for the problem and after making some holes in the walls, the plumber couldn't find the source of the problem yesterday. He suggested calling in a drain/pipe guy with a tiny camera, but when that person arrived, he could offer nothing further of value. The flooding stopped, and the floors have since dried out (thanks to the work of the restoration company and the gigantic fans and de-humidifiers that they left with us), but we have no idea yet what caused the flooding. I started using the kitchen sink again today, and no more flooding was prompted. Huh??
What a nuisance. And we just finished the basement build-out in the past two weeks with the completion of the school room. It took us over two years to complete the basement finishing and now this! I'm pretty sure that our beautiful, huge, white, poured marble shower is going to have to get ripped out to deal with whatever's going on underneath or behind it.
Just when you think things are starting to come together, something else happens to challenge that notion. Double sigh. But you know what, we're all safe, and it's just stuff. It'll be a pain in the butt to have to call in (yet again) shower installers, carpenters, plumbers, painters, and carpet people, but things could be so much worse.
Thankfully, I renewed our home insurance just last Friday!