Water finds a way

Dennis and I woke up to our condo being flooded. Apparently a plastic bag made its way into the building’s western drain. All the water from the roof as well as just the rain pooled on the northwest patios which included ours and our neighbors and the exercise room. There was standing water all over the patio. 

Fortunately, when Dennis woke up –he sleeps on the west side of the bed, I on the east– he stepped into water. His first thought: damn dogs had an accident…though I would like to point out Tycho and Rosie very rarely have accidents.

Nope. When I went to check the carpet on his side of the bed was completely wet. Once we spotted the water, Dennis took the day off so we were able to move all are furniture before any serious damage to our belongings. 

Then I wisely called my condo management company. They discovered the source of the water and unplugged the drain. 
 
We lucked out because Rainbow happened to be in the B Building to do some carpet cleaning and since I called the management company as soon as we realized the extent of the wet carpet, they sent them over to us to start the drying process. They used an extractor on the carpets and pulled out drywall in the bedroom and living room. We have a giant dehumidifier and five high power fans.  
 
With the weather systems that is supposed to hanging around Seattle for the next few days we need to keep an eye on all this, so our Thanksgiving plans have been cancelled, but we got very lucky.  Water will always follow the path of least resistance. In this case the path was into our condo.
 
PS We live at the top of a hill. So we never thought to worry about a flooded apartment.
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4 responses to this post.

  1. It’s always something!

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  2. Yeah it sure is.
    Right now it sounds like we live in a wind tunnel and my furry dog son is completely freaked out. My furry dog daughter is like a honey badger. Nothing fazes her.

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  3. Aww i’m so sorry! Awful things seem to happening to everyone i know at the moment. Keep your chin up; at least you spotted it as early as you did otherwise i would hate to think what permanent damage it would have caused.

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  4. Thanks Dan,
    Yep. We are very fortunate to have caught it early that damages were minimal. Honestly Dennis and I were watching the news and saw that the same rain storm took out whole houses in landslides. That really puts this whole thing into perspective. Even the removal of the carpet pad and dry wall, even the noise and the chaotic mess, these issues are all inconveniences, not tragedies.

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