It never rains but it pours

Drying the floor after the downpour on Thursday, July 24.
Drying the floor after the downpour on Thursday, July 24.

This was the scene as we mopped up following a sudden downpour on Thursday, July 24. Not a pretty sight, you’ll agree. Who expects to be flooded in July? Not me, and certainly not on a day when most of the country was basking in sunshine. Yet here’s the evidence.

It happened around 5.30pm, just after Trish and I had finished dinner. The sky had darkened, thunder rolled in and then it started to rain. And RAIN. My God did it rain. The sound of it hitting the tiles on our lower roof was incredibly loud… And then I heard the unmistakeable whoosh as it poured down in the spare room downstairs, followed quickly by yet more in the downstairs toilet. Luckily we had several large plastic containers to put under the deluge.

And then I noticed it was seeping down the side of our kitchen, pouring down by the back door, before an even larger leak sprung above the kitchen table.

Water coming down via the light in the kitchen
Water coming down via the light in the kitchen

And still the rain hammered down. In desperation I called on my next door neighbour for help and in fairness he tore the side of the gutter so the rain could flow faster into the garden. I tried to release the water by punching some holes around the light, but it barely made a dent.

After 40 minutes the rain stopped, the leaks continued for some time while we frantically mopped up. And then we could see the water marks on the ceilings – small at first, but later widening.

Ironically, we had asked a painter to paint to kitchen/dining room while we were away last week. We had even bought the paint. But the next few days showed the damage was more extensive than we thought. The ceiling at the far end of the kitchen is now sagging, and parts of it have black blotches. The smell is something else, both in the kitchen and the garage room.

A section of the damaged ceiling in our kitchen.
A section of the damaged ceiling in our kitchen.

Unfortunately, the ceilings in both rooms will have to be replaced, but much more worrying is that the lower roof will also have to go. I’m waiting for the estimate and to see how much the insurance company will pay. We’ll also have to stay somewhere else while the work is going on. Not a pleasant prospect.

in the meantime every drop of rain that falls is a concern. Another heavy shower and I wonder if the roof will hold.

Rain water collecting on top of the kitchen table
Rain water collecting on top of the kitchen table
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4 thoughts on “It never rains but it pours

  1. oh Tom, I am so sorry for all you are going through with the water damage. being alone now since Hugh died, water, ice, snow of nearly any proportion can send me into catastrophe mode; but I have had to stifle that and say what you’ve said: “i’ll survive – I hope!” hoping for the very best of the outcome and for the insurance people coming through for you.

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