The Kitchen

October 17, 2008 at 11:55 am (Kitchen CRAP)

Remember this title… you’ll be seeing it extensively over the next 4-6 weeks.

Last week, we walked into the kitchen and found the rug by the sink sopping wet. Michael nor I thought anything of it because Brody sometimes “washes” the dishes. I’m guessing it helps me relieve some of his stresses as a 5 year old. Then, on Tuesday, we walked in and there was a very large puddle of water in the middle of the floor. Thinking it was cat pee (our cats currently hate our guts) Michael bent down to get a better whiff.

Luckily for our cats… there was no smell. This prompted the immediate removal of the dishwasher and fridge to find the source of the water. As it turns out, our fridge was leaking through the intake valve (it has a water and ice dispenser). Apparently, for longer than two weeks. We called the insurance and reported a claim. The adjuster came out today with some guys because we found black mold on the walls. They “contained” the mold and discussed the plan of attack.

I knew it was bad because when Michael stepped on the tiles closest to the fridge, water seeped through the grout. FYI – This is never a good sign! They won’t know the underlying damage but have guessed that the subfloor is completely damaged. All of the bottom cabinets will need to come up, the tiles will have to be ripped out, the fridge and stove will need to be moved to another room, the food and all of the contents of the cabinets will have to be moved. We will have no access to a stove (because our stove is gas) and I think we’re putting the fridge (without water) in the dining room. Where will we put the dining room table, you ask? Well, our thoughts are to put it on the back deck. (Classy)

We will probably be without a kitchen for the next 4-6 weeks. But there is a bright side to all of this. You see… I really hated our kitchen floor. With a passion. It was hard to clean, it looks gross when it’s dirty (which is all the time – because hello.. I have boys). It also sits about 1/2 an inch higher than the rest of the floor in the house. It houses the spot where all the floor “dust” gets collected because of this lip. Another bright side… we’ll finally have a finished kitchen. These nice young construction guys are going to be taping and painting behind the fridge… something we never got around to. Depending on the damage to the drywall, they might have to take the drywall off of the wall that currently houses a very broken pocket door (that irritates me)… this will be our chance to get rid of that too!

Also, depending on the price of the part that we need to order to fix the piece o’crap fridge… we might get a new fridge also. Hello darling!

Over the course of the next few weeks, you might hear some cursing, some “hoorays!” and some “I can’t believe our entire family is fat from eating out.” Just try to ignore the bad stuff and look for the good.



  1. Christina said,

    Wow! Way to score a total reno! 🙂 I know it will suck but working an insurance claim into this is pure genious. Good luck with living without the space though, that will be really trying.
    Also, TG for it not being cat pee- My cat hates me too…… I swear if he had claws he’d be outside!

  2. Bev said,

    Oh man, I feel your pain. Our new fridge broke twice, and of course it takes Sears a week to get their butts out here, and so we ate out for a week.

    And when we first go the thing, I installed the intake tube wrong and it went flying off one evening, drowing the kitchen. Lake Bevy. Oops.

    If you haven’t already, go buy yourself a Foreman grill. You can cook all sorts of things on that sucker.

  3. Momma T said,

    the most important thing is that you caught this before the black mold made your whole family sick. my aunt and uncle went through that. had to condemn the whole house!
    hope the reno doesn’t make you crazy and that your insurance premium doesn’t go up too much because of it.
    good luck!

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