Water, Water, Everywhere

So, imagine, if you will, that you have this bookshelf. And on this book shelf you house all of your photo albums. All of your old photo negatives. Your boxes of memorabilia from high school and college. Diplomas. Baby books for each of your children. Your wedding album.

Maybe it’s no so difficult to imagine – you probably have a bookshelf like this.

Now, picture, please, a water pipe bursting in the ceiling directly over this shelf (above the valve that leads to the outside hose, so this was not technically our fault). It happens in the morning, but because no one ever really goes down into this office/mancave, the steady stream of water that is pouring down the wall and from the ceiling is not discovered until around 9:00 that evening.

And now you’ve successfully envisioned what my husband and I were doing at 9:01 through the wee hours last night.

14 Responses

  1. I can imagine… it does suck quite a bit.


  2. How horrible, I’m scared to ask if anything survived. Good luck with the repairs!

  3. OH! that is my worst nightmare. i’m a total memorabilia hog and sentimentalist.

    oh my.

    i’m so sorry.

    i hope that much of it is going to be okay in the end!

  4. Oh, Beth. I’m so sorry. :(

  5. oh no. was anything salvageable?

  6. O M G!!! I’m so sorry to hear this. It’s my worst nightmare. I hope that you were able to save everything on the bookshelf.

  7. Oh NO! :(

  8. Oh, no!! How terrible! I hope something (anything?) can be salvaged.

  9. I am so sorry. We had a similar waterfall when we first moved in. Its bad. V bad

  10. I hope this is not as bad as it sounds. I hope things are in better shape than you think. I hope homeowners will cover repairs but nothing can replace that kind of loss.

  11. Oh how horrible!!!! I can’t even imagine. Were you able to save anything?

  12. Oh Beth, that’s terrible. What a nightmare. I hope you were able to salvage some things.

  13. I’m sorry about your photos! That is terrible! We had a similar shelf with all of our home movies on it and some of our photographs. Unfortunately, we had a fire, and there was no salvaging any of them. I hope some of yours may have been saved. We had several family members really come through– giving us any photos or videos they had of our family (sometimes, we were in videos with christmases, etc). So, check with friends/family. We also bought a digital camera so that it could never happen again!

  14. I’m so sorry to hear that! Did you have any of your photos online through Snapfish, etc. As for you wedding photos, it may be possible to contact your photographer to see if they have any negatives. I agree with Laura, ask family members if they have any pictures for you. You may be surprised and find out about great photos that you weren’t even aware existed :)