Well, I finally figured out there was a water shut off valve underneath the sink so I took care of that but then had the lovely task of mopping up the James River that was flowing throughout the downstairs of my house...UGH...I promptly went to Lowe's and bought a new dishwasher which was delivered the next day. When the installer pulled out the old one, his only words were "WHOA...DUDE!"...uhm...not a good sign.
Apparently, the dishwasher had been leaking for a long...I mean LONG...time...long, as in years. It had never leaked on top of the floor...all of the water had been going underneath the washer itself and underneath the linoleum. The sub floor is completely rotted and...a fresh crop of mold has gloriously begun to grow.
Enter my homeowner's insurance...Lord, they have been wonderful! So helpful and understanding of how upsetting this entire mess is. So...I've met with the insurance company's recommended contractor and a mitigation company. They are coming in today to begin demolition...they will remove:
- All free-standing "things" in the kitchen...fridge, washer, dryer, table, chairs and island
- Old dishwasher
- All built-in kitchen cabinets
- (And tear out dry wall if mold has started to grow behind the cabinets)
The bright side is that my insurance is taking care of the entire repair...and I'll be getting a much needed renovation of the kitchen. I've already purchased the new dishwasher. I'm going to go ahead and get a new stove...again, much needed since only burner works on the old one. The only downside...is that I have to endure this...I will be kitchenless for quite some time...HOWEVER...there are people that are homeless...I have nothing to complain about...AT ALL!
I am blessed.
Pictures to follow tomorrow!