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Drive-by Update - Drinking from the Fire Hose
and trying not to drown

Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2014-08-17 15:55
Subject: Drive-by Update
Security: Public
Location:Home and on my corner of the couch
Mood:exhaustedexhausted
Tags:flooding, rl
I'm at my house taking a five minute break from the chaos. The basement is, by my estimate, somewhere around 85-90% empty. Except for Thursday, when we spent the day at work trying to do all the critical stuff there since we'd been out on Tuesday & Wednesday, and knew we'd be out on Friday, we've spent our days here at the house pulling stuff out of the basement. It drained when the storm drains were cleared, except that we had many plastic tubs, buckets, storage bins, bottles & other containers that were either were below water level during the storm or that were knocked off a high shelf and fell into the 27.25 inches of water that came in. These continued to hold water until we manually dumped or bailed the contents. I found what I hope is the last one of them this afternoon.

We will have no trouble proving our loss to the satisfaction of our insurance company since the type of water/storm/drainage problem was insured to a maximum of $1000 and any one of the things they will take as proof had losses far greater than $1K. New furnace, new hot water heater. Don't know about the washer & dryer yet. Got a $7,500 quote on storm remediation services -- tearing out damaged/contaminated walls and then disinfecting the floors and walls. I'm hoping for a better price and will all another firm tomorrow from work. I'm too wiped out to try right now plus I don't know what time i'll be here tomorrow. We both have to go to work but whether we'll stay there all day remains to be seen. Plus I have a previously scheduled doctor's appointment.

Emotionally I'm doing fine and my biggest complaint is that I'm pissed off at the appliance repair department at Sears. We have Kenmore brand and I called to ask if I should expect to need to replace the washer and dryer. I got the same answer to every one of my questions -- "You'll have to ask your insurance adjuster." I wasn't asking them for warranty work, or asking who would fit the bill, I wanted to know if we need to haul the washer & dryer out of the basement along with everything else.

New furnace and water heater are scheduled for delivery on Friday. I suspect Gabe will work from home that day. Home being our house, not either of our home-away-from-homes, Gini's house (where we're sleeping) and work (where until the flood we spent more time than any other spot on the planet).

I see from the clock I've been typing for 15 minutes, so time for me to sign off. Miss you all.

This entry was originally posted at http://mrs-sweetpeach.dreamwidth.org/790454.html.
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Maia C
User: maiac
Date: 2014-08-17 20:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You have my sympathy. The cleanup is exhausting work, and the realizing the full extent of the loss is emotionally draining. I hope your insurance company is being generous.

Sears used to be so trustworthy and reliable, and I've heard such bad things about their appliance department from so many people.

...It just occurred to me, you might be able to claim a tax deduction for the property losses that aren't covered by your insurance company (your deductible, for example). Here's an IRS article about property losses.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2014-08-19 03:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you for the idea! I had no idea that sort of deduction was a possibility.
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Maia C
User: maiac
Date: 2014-08-19 10:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wasn't sure until I looked it up. I'm glad I could so something to make your situation a little less bad.
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WPAdmirer
User: wpadmirer
Date: 2014-08-17 20:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I continue to send you good vibes for getting everything fixed and back in place. I cannot imagine what you're going through!
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2014-08-19 03:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My mood continues to be upbeat. I am not sure this would be the case if more of my stuff was destroyed. My personal stuff was upstairs and safe from the flood. Jebra lost an extreme amount of his personal possessions; computers, books, musical instruments, momorabilia from childhood... The only brightspot is that we have wanted to clear out the junk and now he is really purging the things he no longer wants nor needs.
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maddiec24
User: maddiec24
Date: 2014-08-17 20:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My aunt and uncle had a bad experience with Sears. They bought a freezer and a few months later the seal messed up. This happened twice before they finally fixed it right. It took them forever to get the service call set up, and then they didn't want to reimburse them for the lost food... it was a nightmare.

Hope everything is back to normal for you soon. *hugs*
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Jen
User: greenlady2
Date: 2014-08-18 05:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hope things are back to normal soon. Take care.
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Thistlethorn
User: thistlethorn
Date: 2014-08-20 22:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You brave soul. That all sounds overwhelming. I'm impressed! i hope that the insurance claims go smoothly and maybe you should call Sears higher up the chain and tell them that their shitty customer service is making you strongly reconsider buying Kenmore again when you replace the washer/dryer. Bastards. Like you need that sort of runaround on top of everything else!
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