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    Re: all the "cut a hole in the ceiling" suggestions - there is a hole there now, where the smoke detector was mounted. There's a junction box up in that hole, but I expect plumber guy to be able to stick an inspection camera up there and look around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    Re: all the "cut a hole in the ceiling" suggestions - there is a hole there now, where the smoke detector was mounted. There's a junction box up in that hole, but I expect plumber guy to be able to stick an inspection camera up there and look around.
    just cut a big hole. The sheetrock is likely waterlogged AF and no longer serviceable.

    Your plumber isnt putting a camera up there. He is gonna cut that shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    Re: all the "cut a hole in the ceiling" suggestions - there is a hole there now, where the smoke detector was mounted. There's a junction box up in that hole, but I expect plumber guy to be able to stick an inspection camera up there and look around.
    even if plumber dude is able to see a leak the only way to fix it is by cutting a hole to get up there

    he will probably have a good idea where to look when he looks at your house, where the services likely run/ where the leak is most likely to be which we can't see

    and he will be turning the water on to see where the water comes out btw
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    Hope it doesn't end up like this one!:
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    Plumber is here, found leak. He did cut a hole in ceiling. There's two pinholes in the elbow of a cold water line.

    My house has a bunch of brass pipe for some inexplicable reason.

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    Plumber says elbow cracked due to overtightening. Oddly, it lasted since 1994 when house was built. Weird.

    This is definitely out of my experience / repair ability.
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    I would not file a claim.

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    told ya so

    water line is copper pipe but its normaly all soldered so do you mean copper as opposed to brass? That light colored pipe looks looks like white plastic ?
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    Mystery solved! That's an easy fix.

    Just to be sure. That's a brass NPT elbow connected to copper and not a galvanized elbow? Hard to tell with the lighting and drywall paste.
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    I'm not filing an insurance claim.

    It's brass pipe, not copper.
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    I betcha some guy finished his own basement and over tightened that fitting

    you are sposed to tighten them till they break and back off 1/4 turn
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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    I betcha some guy finished his own basement and over tightened that fitting
    Plumber says elbow cracked due to overtightening.
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    how much of the DW is facked and are you any good at DW ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Talisman View Post
    I agree that these repairs are easy to accomplish and cutting the wet drywall need to happen sooner versus later. The refrigerator water supply tubing got me once and it was just a scratch on the tubing that leaked years after installation.

    The advantage to calling a restoration company (not Service Pro or Service Master) is access to big dehumidifiers for drying out the space. "Black mold" Stachybotrus chartatrum is a condition you want to avoid and later on being able to tell future buyers about the restoration after a leak that "professionals" were used may be an advantage. In the old days we would bleach it, dry it and then repair the dry wall.

    Good luck.
    The bleach and paint with oil based primer still works. Sure bleach isnt fun, but man they will rape you with their mold remediation shit.

    I had serve pro cleanup a water mess, insurance requested, they took out the drywall 3feet up and saw "black mold" gave me a quote for like $1500 that insurance would not cover. I said no thanks. Did the above trick and when serve pro came to pick up their equipment guy said I did it better than they wouldve. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    Waiting for call back from plumber who thinks they can get here today. Scheduled a different one for tomorrow, but as we have no running water inside, today would be better.

    Q on dehumidifier and professional drying out stuff: necessary given where I live? - - high desert, going to be about 93* outside today, humidity will be single digits. I can open the windows in the basement and dehumidify pretty quickly.

    There is one smallish section of carpet in basement that got wet. But it's not really any more wet than when the carpet cleaners do their work.

    Perhaps consider renting or buying a carpet fan for 2-3 days. Sounds like the carpet could be the most expensive repair, if necessary. The carpet may seem dry, but the padding may not be. Since the padding is resting on a cool or cold slab it's going to be slow to dry. A carpet fan is handy to have around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skidog View Post
    The bleach and paint with oil based primer still works. Sure bleach isnt fun, but man they will rape you with their mold remediation shit.

    I had serve pro cleanup a water mess, insurance requested, they took out the drywall 3feet up and saw "black mold" gave me a quote for like $1500 that insurance would not cover. I said no thanks. Did the above trick and when serve pro came to pick up their equipment guy said I did it better than they wouldve. Lol.

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    One of the Kilz brand primers is the way to go.

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    you could just peel the carpet back & leave folded up with a heater on it to dry out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopeless Sinner View Post
    One of the Kilz brand primers is the way to go.
    Agreed..

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    This isn't really relevant for Chup's problem since he isn't filing a claim, but IME experience (ice dam leaking down through the walls a couple of stories) insurance will pay for the damage caused by the leak but not for fixing the leak. In my case they paid (overpaid actually) for damage to the walls but not for clearing ice dam and certainly not for any preventive measures--more insulation in ceiling/roof, heating cables, sealing around the kitchen vent stack where the water came through. (No more leaks since more insulation and reroofing with Grace Snow and Ice; we took the cables off. Climate change has also helped.)

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    one of them cracked fittings got put in on one of the three sink in the kitchen sure as heck a year or so after the place is all finished the ceiling came down in the kids bedroom
    poor kid was kind of traumatized seeing drywall sludge all over his bedroom
    final tab on that mess was around 80k oops five million dollar house and a $1.99 piece of brass
    eh ah sorry about your house guess thats my fault

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    We bought an air mover when we had an HVAC condensate leak. We use the thing all the time now and it paid for itself first week. Rented dehumidifier. No claim, all good.

    Pull up edge of carpet and stick fan under.

    Buy 14 dollar moisture meter and check the subfloor in multiple spots until in range. Done.

    As for Kilz, check out Zinser B-I-N. 3 times as expensive and 3 times as good (maybe?). Google that vs Kilz if curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    This isn't really relevant for Chup's problem since he isn't filing a claim, but IME experience (ice dam leaking down through the walls a couple of stories) insurance will pay for the damage caused by the leak but not for fixing the leak. In my case they paid (overpaid actually) for damage to the walls but not for clearing ice dam and certainly not for any preventive measures--more insulation in ceiling/roof, heating cables, sealing around the kitchen vent stack where the water came through. (No more leaks since more insulation and reroofing with Grace Snow and Ice; we took the cables off. Climate change has also helped.)
    Generally speaking that is correct. Insurance usually covers sudden, as opposed to slow ongoing, water leaks, and the resultant damage, but not the repair itself. So if a toilet line blows, and floods the house, the carpets, walls, personal property is covered, but not a new toilet line.
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