I screamed to my wife upstairs and she came running as did the kids. She thought I chopped off my finger. No, worse. I knew I had to cut the water off some how. While she caught and blocked the stream of water, I ran to the utility room and cut the valves off of the mud sink and water heater. The room is right on the other side of the wall from the leak. Then it dawned on me, run outside to the crawl space and cut the main water valve off from the well. That did it. Think I did all that in about minute to 90 seconds.
So I had water everywhere. First thoughts were having to rip out the wall that support the major part of the layout. Flooding out the whole house and ruining the new laminate floor that I just put in. An insurance claim. I was thinking the worse. It was not as bad as I thought. Had some storage boxes get a little wet as did few other things, nothing major. The carpet was the worst off. It was soaked in a 4X7 section. This was the third time in the last 3-4 years that my carpet has got wet from a leak. First was from the dog chewing the plastic water line to the mud sink. The second was when the water heater went out. Both of these were in the mud room, on the other side of this leak.
So how to fix it? Well, I am very thankful to my dad. He's in his mid 70's and still the craftiest and biggest problem solver I know. I called him and after a brief conversation, he was headed here. I made sure we had everything we needed. I had most of what we needed since he installed my water heater. So I gathered up most of the towels we had in the house and put them in the office to soak up the water from the carpet. Beach towels work well! After we cut the drywall out, I notice my aim was dead on on the pipe. The hole was perfectly in the middle of it. Would have never know if I did not remove it. Kinda scary.
|Right below St. Just is the leak. That hole in the drywall.|
|Little did I know I have TWO leaks! Did the same thing to the right.|
|The kids and my wife helped me move the stuff in that area to the kids playroom. Luckily most of it was moved since I was removing the shelf.|
|Here's my wonderful dad cutting the pipe so we can put in a new section. Luckily it was a workable area and reachable.|
|Had to remove a good section of drywall. I was worried about the other screw and decided to check the pipe to make sure. It had a hole in it too. Notice the metal plates to protect the pipe in the stud.|
|Last night and today is drying day. Used these fans along with a steam vacuum to remove/dry it out.|
|Thinking about laying laminite florring in here now. Glad I didn't install it yet.|