If you stopped by yesterday, you'll know that we had a plumbing emergency on Thursday evening. Thankfully, our insurer (USAA) was on the ball, and authorized an immediate visit by Servicemaster. Their technicians were here within an hour of our lodging our claim, and stayed all day, measuring water contamination, removing baseboards, drilling holes in drywall and cutting away certain parts of it, getting rid of wet insulation, and preparing the house for dehumidifying. Their machines are roaring away right now, and will be for a few days yet, drying everything and making sure no mold or other problems will remain. (I must admit, I had no idea how much work is involved in drying out after a leak like this. In my country of origin, South Africa, most houses are brick-built with plastered walls. There are very few framed houses with drywall, like most homes in the USA. In the former water can't get inside the walls, and cleanup mostly involves drying things, replastering if necessary [it's usually not], and repainting. Simpler all round.)
After everything's dry, it'll be at least a couple of weeks worth of remediation. The techs ripped up a couple of hundred square feet of laminate flooring, and part of the tiled floor in the kitchen will need repair and/or replacement; and there's new drywall to fix the parts taken out, plus patching and repainting. I'm grateful our insurance policy is a good one; without it, we'd be stuck with tens of thousands of dollars in remediation and repair costs. As it is, we pay our deductible of $1,000 (which our emergency reserve fund will cover - yet more proof that taking the time and trouble to build up such a reserve is worthwhile), and the rest is not our problem. USAA's premiums may be higher than some of their rivals', but dealing with them has always been straightforward on the few occasions we've had to make a claim, and in our experience they're very quick to respond. Peace of mind is worth the cost, IMHO!
Insurance doesn't cover the cost of repairing or replacing our dishwasher, so we'll be looking at options over the next few days. I'm sure we can repair the one we've got, but it's a very basic unit that came with the house. It looks to be 15-20 years old, and its internal trays are showing the passage of time - some rust, a few missing posts and brackets, and so on. We'll look at new and used alternatives, and see what's available in our area. I know new machines are hobbled by the never-to-be-sufficiently-damned EPA regulations, but I understand there are a few makes and models that get around them to be pretty efficient (and we can always add boosters to the detergent to make them more so). If any readers have recommendations for current-model dishwashers, please let us know in Comments and provide a link if possible. If we learn anything interesting during our search, I'll put up a blog article about it.
Our two cats are NOT. HAPPY. Their nice, peaceful domestic world has been trampled all over by strangers, parts of their floor first got wet and then went away (noisily), mommy and daddy have been so distracted that they haven't given them their usual care and attention, and they don't know what's going on. They want it all to STOP. RIGHT. NOW. One can't blame them, of course, but they're just going to have to put up with it for a few weeks. (One problem is going to be to stop Ashbutt, who was described by Bob of the FarmFamily as a "paws-on helping cat" when he gave him to us, from trying to get into all the work going on. He's intensely curious, and wants to fiddle with everything. Not a good idea when power tools, glue and paint are involved!)
You'll understand that with all that going on, I didn't have time to prepare my regular Saturday Snippet post. Please amuse yourselves with the bloggers listed in my sidebar. I'll try to have a Sunday Morning Music post as scheduled tomorrow. (Hmmm . . . water music, perhaps? Something about drying out? I don't know if there are songs about plumbing, drywall and laminate flooring, but I'll check!)