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Thread: my sewing room apt style...flooded

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    Everything is a loss! the pics tell the story
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    I don't wish this on anyone...
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    OMG, what on earth happened? Did the water leak onto your sewing machine????

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    :cry: What a mess, hope you can save something.

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    I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to explain: woke up @ 4:30 a.m. last wednesday to the sounds of what I thought was rain (since I live in florida its common). It got louder, I got up checkd my bathroom and heard it from the sewing room. Switched the light on and there was at least an inch of water everywhere. I called the fire dept. they knocked on the upstairs neighbor's door and upon entry found that the owner had left the bathtub running with clothes in it (don't they believe in washing machines?) all night long. She was very apologetic and remorseful and luckily she had homeowner's insurance but I had none. But all will be covered the ceiling, dehumidifier and loss of everything in that room. Quilting is my livelihood since my divorce so this really hurt me. All I could do was stand there and cry and mop for 3 hours. Since then the plaster has come off and fallen some. I am waiting for the insurance adjuster today.

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    I'm so sorry this happened to you. Especially since you NEED to sew to earn your living! I hope they are able to repair and replace quickly. Hey, just think, a new machine!!!!!

    Just a little "mom moment" here - talk to your insurance agent about getting some renter's insurance. It's an inexpensive way to pay for piece of mind, particularly if you lose your ability to work. I can't imagine it costing more than $25 a month...more or less. It's worth it.

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    That is so awful; is her insurance covering your losses? You can dry out your books and wash up your fabrics, you should be able to dry out your things to make them usable again. Hope your machine didn't get damaged.

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    All of my quilting books took a loss, they were inside the armoire. I have been trying to air it out but know that not all of them are salvageble (sp?). As for the fabric not many were harmed thankfully but will be claiming the bookcases since they are now getting brittle at the bottom. My sewing machine doesn't turn on now either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esqmommy
    I'm so sorry this happened to you. Especially since you NEED to sew to earn your living! I hope they are able to repair and replace quickly. Hey, just think, a new machine!!!!!

    Just a little "mom moment" here - talk to your insurance agent about getting some renter's insurance. It's an inexpensive way to pay for piece of mind, particularly if you lose your ability to work. I can't imagine it costing more than $25 a month...more or less. It's worth it.
    Yes I called my insurance company on wednesday the same day of this and I got renter's insurance now at $20 a month! Thank you!

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    I'm so sorry. I do hope your insurance will cover all the damage. I would sure hope that your upstairs neighbor has a conscience and will replace some things. I hope that your machine is fine and that you'll be able to save most of your stuff.

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    OMG, I am so sorry to hear this. I would have been in tears for days! I hope your insurance pays for replacing everything adequately.

    Please let us know how it all turn out.

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    That is just awful- I'm soo sorry

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    Oh my!!! I know what a mess that can be. I hope your sewing machine and books will be covered under your neighbors insurance. I am so sorry that had to happen to you. Hopefully you will get stuff replaced and get your sewing business up and running really soon.

    We had a water leak in our home about 18 mos ago. It took a long time (about 6 mos) to get it all back together and fixed. Insurance covered most of the damage but of course we had to do some improvements along the way. This was a very bad time, I was having surgery which resulted in an infection as well as my dd got married, house was a wreck for the wedding.

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    You have my sympathy. I once had the same experience of being woken up by the sound of dripping water when the pipes burst in the apartment above me in the middle of winter. I got out of bed to find water cascading down from my ceiling through all the light fixtures :-o I was really nervous/paranoid about the sound of running water in the apartment after that for a couple of years.

    I hope you can salvage all your fabric and some of your books, and that you will be able to replace your sewing machine without too much difficulty.

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    Having been through a flood and losing a lot I surely can sympathize with you!!! I would think that because it was not a burst pipe, but her negligance, her home owner's policy should pay for all the damage and your losses....
    (((HUGS))) I know that you are probably still in shock and in the process of hauling out the damaged items.... Take pics of everything single thing that was damaged if you can...it will help in getting them replaced.

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    i'm so sorry, i can only imagine how terrible you must feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    Oh my!!! I know what a mess that can be. I hope your sewing machine and books will be covered under your neighbors insurance. I am so sorry that had to happen to you. Hopefully you will get stuff replaced and get your sewing business up and running really soon.

    We had a water leak in our home about 18 mos ago. It took a long time (about 6 mos) to get it all back together and fixed. Insurance covered most of the damage but of course we had to do some improvements along the way. This was a very bad time, I was having surgery which resulted in an infection as well as my dd got married, house was a wreck for the wedding.
    I can understand the stress related! Adjuster was just here so its the waiting game now.

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    I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope your place gets back together real soon.

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    OH NO!!! Bless your heart. Maybe the machine will work once it dries out??? Oh this is really sad. Keep us posted on what the insurance adjuster has to say. OK?

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    Bless your heart!! Hope you get things back in order again SOON!! In the meantime, can we help you out with anything? You know we all have books, fabric, etc. coming out our ears.... :D

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    I'm so sorry. This happened to me. It was the landloard's falt. lossed most of my books cutting mats and fabric. Landloard has not payed me back yet and my insurance put the blame on him.

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    Make sure you include EVERYTHING that may have even gotten damp!

    Call the adjuster back if necessary!

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    Some of your books may be salvageable (SP??). put a sheet of paper towel in between each page and put them in the freezer. you need to do this before they start mildewing. of course, any that are still in print can be replaced (hopefully) by the insurance.

    Rose Hall
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    If your fabrics are cotton, most of them should be okay. Just a drag to get them washed and dried again.

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    I'm so sorry. I think about power surges, hurricanes, twisters, and thieves, etc. but to have to wonder if the ppl above you, have left their water on...(((Hugs)))...your stuff will probably all get replaced, but your peace of mind is worth a lot too.
    They should also replace a reasonable amount of income loss, too!
    Oh my...these machines are like our pets...I think I am going to hug mine, now. Keep us up to date, Quilt. We want to know that things with you are ok. :)

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