There are two general “before” entries we would like to share with you all. Today’s post will show our house in it’s current state – post-water damage. If you are just joining us for the first time, a little background. We returned from a long Valentine’s Day weekend away to a burst heat pipe in our attic area. The water poured through the first and basement floor of the house for at least 24 hours, and the resulting condensation created a mold breeding ground that we are still in the process of remediation. You would not believe how many different kinds of mold there are – I could take up an entire post and make you sick thinking about it, so I’ll leave it at that! If you want more of the dramatic details, head over to Meet The Donovan’s for the novella. We have decided to make the best of the situation, and do additional renovation work. We will be in temporary housing for at least 5 months, with an infant (!!), so it seems like the most potentially sane time to undertake the work. That will be confirmed or denied in future posts. So without further ado…the tour of the sad Sarles.
Inside the baby’s room looking toward the Living Room / Bedroom. This view shows much of the extent of the water damage on the first floor. Most rooms were affected, but this area took the largest hit.
View into Bedroom.
Bedroom damage. Can you smell the mold yet?
Floor damage. Since the water gets trapped under the floorboards, it causes rot and you guessed it – MOLD!
More bedroom sadness. Seanie’s stuff got moved into this room, but will likely have to be tossed.
Looking from hallway into Baby’s Room.
Hallway from Kitchen area.
Living Room looking into Foyer. The door to the attic is opposite the front door.
Stairway to Attic.
Attic landing room.
Back room of Attic.
Landing at Attic stairs. The exposed area below the window is where the heat pipe burst,
rendering the house a sauna.
Attic Stair Top Landing looking down toward Front Door.
Basement Rec Room. This space suffered major water damage.
Another view of the Basement Rec. Room.
First floor Living/Dining Room. It looks like a mess because (its is a mess) so many items were shoved into this room. There is water staining on the exterior walls, as well as on the ceiling. Most likely all upholstered items will need to be discarded.
Dining Area looking towards our “Nook” area off the kitchen. Again, lots of items shoved into this space, including Sean’s crib mattress 🙁
Another view of the Nook.
Later this week, I will make a post showing the tour of the house from when we purchased it in June 2015. You will see how dated most of the rooms were, and the amount of progress we had made.
We are ready for round 2, bring it!!