the thanksgiving flood


Friday morning surprise.

At 3:30 AM, the day after Thanksgiving, we took our Texas family to the airport.  It wasn’t part of the vacation plan, but the Funny Grandson’s mysterious stomach issues had occurred again and it was important that he get home to see his doctor asap.

Exhausted and worried, Banjo Man and I were back in bed before 5.  When I woke at 9:30 and staggered out to the kitchen to join Banjo Man and Will for coffee, it was to discover water had flooded underneath the Pergo laminate flooring more than two feet from the sink.   Banjo Man was collecting bath towels.

We thought our plumbing was fixed, but it wasn’t.  There is a little flaw…which means that when there is too much water going down the drain at once, the pipes can’t handle it and it overflows.  I keep a dishpan under that pipe connection just in case, but it has stayed dry since last winter.

And I forgot all about it.

And we had done a lot of dishes on Thursday, both by hand and by dishwasher.  A lot of water went down–or didn’t go down–that drain.  The dish pan was overflowing.

It looked bad, but I have to tell you that it didn’t seem like that big a deal at the time.  I was experiencing Major Grandmother Stress as I worried about FG’s health.  A minor kitchen flood was barely a blip on my radar.

I reminded Banjo Man that years ago we’d had a leak in the air conditioner in my office, resulting in a warped area of Pergo about 12″ x 18″.  It took a year or so, but the boards flattened by themselves and now you would never know.

We’ve been clinging to that hope, but it doesn’t look good.  The boards are warping in a 3 by 8 foot area.  We’ve piled all sorts of weights on them.

We used a portable heater to dry the area.


This was my idea.

Now we are using anything we can think of to apply weight to the warping boards in the hope that they will settle back into place.


This was Banjo Man’s idea.  It’s the very, very heavy top of my old white desk.

It gives me an excuse to stay out of the kitchen, so it’s not all bad.

But I think it’s time to call our homeowner’s insurance to see if they cover things like this.

Suggestions, anyone?



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3 Responses to the thanksgiving flood

  1. Ruth says:

    Hi…take the laminate out…let the floor underneath dry. If the laminate did not absorb water you can put it back. If it did, replace it. Do you have any pieces of laminate left from when it was installed?

    Advice from my hubby.

    • We had a case of the laminate left over and saved, but after many years in the basement, it warped. The insurance adjuster is coming to look at the floor. We’ve given up weighting it down so at least I can get to the sink and do dishes.

  2. Phyllis Nolan says:

    Suggestions…if you have a shop vac, be sure that ALL the water is out from under the flooring. Then, along with the weight, use fans for days and days. Good luck.

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