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Guitar74
Gearhead

Well...It could have been worse

So yesterday right before work, I noticed the toilet running. Pulled the tank lid and found the flapper chain had gotten underneath the flapper. on the way to the bathroom, I found the carpet was wet. I shut off the toilet and planned on sucking up the moisture when I got home and using my squirrel cage fans to dry everything. Upon going out the garage door to leave, I found the sheet rock had fallen on my '68 Cougar. When I got home, I expected to see much worse upon pulling back the cover. I will hose it off when I get home to check for paint scuffs, gouges, scratches, you have it. So far though, it could have been much worse. I didn't get to dry everything out as some un-named person in my household decided to call the insurance company who sent a Serve-Pro like company out. At 10 p.m. last night I had to tell them that they needed to leave (they were milking the time. I could have done what they did in about an hour and a half) so I could go to bed, or that I would escort them out (I wasn't that diplomatic last night as I didn't sleep well the night before). They hurried up and finished because EVERYONE in the house knew that they were about to suffer my wrath. Consequences be damned.

The lesson I learned in all of this: Just take the day off and do what you have to do because sometimes others' paranoia about the "m" (mold) word will end up making your life more difficult in the end. 

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Sajeev
Community Manager

You really hit the nail on the head when you said to take off the day and just get it done yourself.  Water damage (when its not devastating like this) is something one determined person can address with enough fans, a shop vac and basic tools needed to pull carpet padding (and maybe carpet, but hopefully not) on their own. Save your money for someone to do the drywall work on the garage ceiling (which is no fun!) and you can go back to work 🙂 

Guitar74
Gearhead

No more than needs patching, and repaired. I could have it up in less than an hour. What really surprised me is that they didn't double it on a garage ceiling. Code used to require two layers if sheetrock on a garage ceiling if it was under the dwelling. And our house is old enough to fall under that era. 

NITRO450EXP
Instructor

Looks like you got lucky and damage to car is minimal. Phew.
Guitar74
Gearhead

I know. I'll chalk that up to keeping the car covered, and three HEAVY coats of Liquid Glass. That stuff is like nails. They went out of business due to the owner getting into some legal problems. There is some new stuff called Finish First that is the same cocktail of paint protectant.