Asbestos Abated, Repairs Begin

Before repairs to our recent flooding damage could begin, since our condo was built in the early 1970’s, we had to have the damaged areas tested for asbestos. It was found in almost all the samples taken from the floors and walls, so an abatement company was called in to take care of ripping out and rendering safe all affected areas. Early this week they finished their part of the job and Serv-Pro confirmed everything is now finally dry, so now the contractor can begin the work of repairing our home.

(I hope your family never needs their services, but if you ever do, I can’t recommend Serv-Pro highly enough. They were so quick, responsive, helpful above and beyond the call of duty. It is a national company and most likely available in your area if you live in the US.)

Here are some photos of our house at this stage in the process:

The kitchen, dining room and living room are storing all contents of the home at this point.

The kitchen, dining room and living room are storing all contents of the home at this point.

View of the living room.

View of the living room.

The hallway and laundry closet.

The main bathroom minus damaged shelving, waiscoating and sink.

The main bathroom minus damaged shelving, waiscoating and sink.

Eli surveying "his" room (he sleeps with us but we store his toys and clothing here).

Eli surveying “his” room (he sleeps with us but we store his toys and clothing here).

The room used as my husbands office.

The room used as my husbands office.

We debated letting Eli see our home in its current condition as he has been so upset that his “house is broken”. In the end it would have been too hard to manage the logistics of keeping him away when we both needed to be there to meet with the contractor. I think seeing it was helpful to him to understand why we have to be in the hotel now and can’t just go home. He also seems to have a pretty good handle on the concept now that while everything is very ugly, dirty and non-functional now it will be better than ever before once the “worker men” are done doing their thing.

The master bedroom.

The master bedroom.

The master bath which now needs a new wall and vanity. This room was horribly stuck still in the 1970’s so it will be really nice to have it redone and the silver paisley wallpapered wall painted over. I thought I’d spare you the nightmares that might ensue if you were to see THAT monstrosity!

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As for life in the hotel, it has it’s definite perks, at least as far as our vehicle-obsessed two year old is concerned. The garbage truck comes to empty the dumpsters EVERY DAY… we can hear it come from inside our room and go out to watch it from the third floor. That’s a view down directly into the hopper! Ok, maybe not everyone’s cup of tea (especially right on the way to breakfast), but it is definitely a high point in Eli’s day.

 The hotel is located directly across the street from the fire station as well so we get to watch the fire engines leave with lights flashing and sirens blaring a few times a day. When we go out for walks we can also see the firefighters prepping the trucks for their next emergency if the station garage door is open. Just a block away is the exit ramp from the freeway. This means that from our hotel room window we can see every manner of truck drive by. Cement trucks! Food trucks! Big rigs! Delivery vans! All must be identified and exclaimed over.

Yesterday when we went out for a walk we were able to hop on a city bus, which Eli has wanted to do for a long time. We took it only a short distance to the nearby mall where Eli was able to play on the quarter-consuming mechanical rides. For once it was an easy task extracting him from the mall, because all I had to do was remind him that we were going to catch a bus back to the hotel. He couldn’t leave fast enough!

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