Two days ago, we got an email from daughter Jennifer who is staying in our house. Even before opening her email, the subject didn’t look good. Can you call? Hummpph. I wonder what’s up? The first line didn’t help me feel better. hey dad and mom! I woke up this morning to the downstairs bathroom toilet flooding.
This is definitely not how I envision starting a new day in Thailand! Have you ever tried to fix a plumbing problem from 10,000 miles away? I’m pretty new at this kind of home repair.
So we called and learned that we had 2 inches of water in the bathroom and a soggy carpet in the living room and bedroom. Well, not all of it was soggy, just 2 feet or so around the door, and under the wall into the next room, and into the bedroom… You get the picture. Not terrible. But not good either!
Jennifer had turned off the water to the toilet and begun using towels and fans. I asked our next-door neighbor Scott to take a look. Also, my friend and colleague Doug came by to see what he could do to help. Everyone agreed that we could probably avoid hiring a professional. So Jennifer has fans going, the air conditioner on 68 or so to keep it dehumidifying the house, and we’re monitoring it for mold or any other problems. We’ve called Jennifer daily to keep updated. It seems to be drying.
This is a first – dealing with a soggy carpet from 13 timezones away. I hope it is also a last!