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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Fool .... NOT !


February 2002 - Basement remodeled, drywall, plush carpet, bathroom added. Faulty pipe in bathroom, one week later pipe breaks, basement floods, 1st insurance claim. $7,000

May 2006 - Power Outage, more than 4 days, sump-pump goes out, battery back-up goes on ... but power outage lasts longer than battery. Basement floods, 2nd insurance claim. $6,000

January 2007 - Sump-pump breaks, I'm not home, basement floods. Have whole new pump put in. 3rd insurance claim, $5,000

March 2008 - This past Saturday. Basement flooded. Different plumber comes and shows me where pump and back-up had been installed wrong. Pressure blew pump. Insurance adjuster came out last night, settled 4th claim $4,000 *** lower property claims because I learned and have everything stored in huge-ass Rubbermaid containers *** The cost is cleanup and new carpet and pad. They will be canceling my coverage because you can only have 3 claims in 3 years.

THIS MORNING - APRIL 1st My frickin' basement is flooded! I called the same plumber out. The sump-pump has a designated circuit and he didn't plug it into that outlet. He used another that has other things running on it and shorted that circuit!

I closed the door and came to work ... I'll worry about it when I get home.

26 comments:

Joan said...

I am so sorry.

Sherry/Cherie said...

OMG -- I hope that plumber is paying the costs of repair!!!!

Michael said...

Could you market your house with an indoor pool?

Bummer!

Karin said...

Poor baby! That really sucks.

Audubon Ron said...

I turned my basement into a sex dungeon. (That's a lie, I don't have a basement. Had to use the barn) :)

sgk213 said...

Weren't we just talking about that rug on Easter? Man that totally blows. Did you find a new insurance carrier? Try AARP are you a member? If not it's only 13 a year to join. They saved us a ton on car and home insurance. Good Luck

Sunshine said...

That sucks WAY worse than hemmorhoids.

Robin said...

Oh no! I don't have a basement but boy do I feel your pain - everything having to do with water has gone wrong at my place, numerous times. We spent so frickin' much on insurance deductibles for burst pipes (10 in as many years) that we finally had to rip the entire piping system out and put a whole new one in (a real joy in a building constructed out of concrete and cinder block). Then the ceilings leaked. Then the other ceilings leaked. Then the toilets stopped working, then... It just never ends. I'm convinced that the builder must have slept with Poseidon's wife or something to have earned this much bad water karma.

Anyway, I feel your pain. I hope the fix isn't too painful - technically or financially.

Mary Alice said...

I am so sorry. Did they cancel your entire policy or just the water damage portion? What about fire, is that still covered? You have to have homeowners insurance in order to have a home loan right?

Carrie Sue said...

OMG, that sucks! I'm so sorry... maybe that plumber (and his company) can share the cost?

Sugarplum's Mom said...

Oh NO!!! I hope the plumber helps cover the cost.. did they know there was a dedicated place for it to be plugged in?
Good luck finding new insurance.

linda in c-town said...

I can't beleive your luck. What is the saying? If you didn't have bad luck you'd have no luck at all.

I can't even imagine having to clean up after each disaster.

Hope you have "good" luck finding a new insurance company.

Fightin' Mad Mary said...

I like Michaels plan - it's not the most organized basement ever, it's an indoor pool!!

We had to make a claim on our last house because of roof damage, right after me made the claim our coverage was canceled - we only made one claim ... ever!!!

detroit dog said...

AAARRRGGGHHHHH!

It's all I can do to read this. I totally empathize. One corner of our basement has been flooding for years. The previous owners glued down tile, then glued the carpet on top. We like freezing weather here because it means our basement won't flood. It's been flooding lots this winter. Cold, cold, then warm and warmer. Not enough for a sump pump, but enough to soak the entire carpet so that we have to used a carpet cleaner to suck it up. (One night back in January I was up until 4:30 a.m. sucking up water. I was livid.)

Don't know what to tell you except maybe we should go have a drink!

detroit dog said...

By the way, my neighbor's have lived in their house 55 years. A couple months ago someone spray painted graffiti on their garage. They filed a claim with the insurance - Triple A - to have the garage door repainted and the insurance company threatened to raise their rates if they did. First claim they ever filed in 55 years!. The *()&)(*ers.

TX Poppet said...

Ack! Plumbers! Ack! Insurance Companies! Oh, I'm so sorry! This is what excellent wine is for.

Thanks for stopping by to comment at Canned Laughter. You have been entered to win in the stationery give away. Good Luck!

captain corky said...

That sucks! I feel your pain. I'm going to wind up paying a plumber 4 grand this year too. It really, really sucks. Did I mention how much it sucks?

Ashley Ladd said...

Oh no! Hugs.

We're going through a lot of house and repair problems, too.

Casdok said...

Oh no!

Candy said...

The plumber is totally paying for this right??

Anonymous said...

'Ditto'

Pink said...

yep - I agree - plumber pays or you take him to court, right?

This sucks.
xx
pinks

Biddy said...

damn!

i'd move...but that's just me :-D

Beth said...

I would go with the indoor pool idea too......hey, It just might work!!

but it still sucks!

TheBirdman33 said...

Thanks for stopping by the cupboard and the birthday wishes!

So...the plumber that screwed it up will be paying for all the damage he caused, right? Hopefully?

debra said...

What a mess! Reminiscent of our septic system backing up in the basement when we had 2 inches of rain in 20 minutes..... Good luck!