So at the beginning of May we started to notice a bump in our laminate flooring, with a cut in the center. We have had problems with this floor since it was installed, so we dismissed it as one more thing that went wrong. Then Jared noticed a dripping water sound, it finally bothered him enough to search for the noise. On Thursday may 8th, he found the culprit. The intake valve on the dishwasher had been leaking slowly for a long time and there was now a puddle that is was dripping into. He shut off the dishwasher and stopped the leak.The next day I called our insurance to find out what we should do. They sent in Service Masters to assess the damage. They discovered that the water had ruined everything down to the subfloors and studs on the back wall, as well as a some damage to the cabinets and insulation in the crawl space. We also discovered damage to the air vents in the crawl space further in to the ordeal.
Unfortunately it had its down sides - like doing the dishes by hand in the bath tub - yuck! And trying to cook was tricky at best.
The irony about this whole kitchen remodel is that midway through we finally, after many years and months of looking, found a home we wanted to make an offer on - we made the offer and it was accepted. So we began fixing our kitchen knowing full well we would not be able to enjoy it. kinda sad. :(
I will say - as home damage dramas go - we had it pretty good. Yes I was without a kitchen for nearly two months, true, I was without laundry for those same two months. It was frustrating to be so displaced. But, we learned some great lessons, like how to survive without our modern day conveniences, how to be positive during challenges, like what really matters in life. We were blessed with wonderful weather throughout it all, we were blessed with exceptional friends who offered laundry services, meals, and moral support. And I feel like our family drew closer together during the process. Best of all when it came time to sell our house - we could show a beautiful new kitchen, this was truly a blessing and miracle for us!