Last night, my 3-year son decided to make a "magic" potion after
watching a Harry Potter movie. He tapped the two sinks in the bathroom
on the second floor to fill them with water and "forgot" to turn them
off. As a result, the magic potion spilled on the floor resulting in a
3'x3' size puddle for some 20-30 minutes. The water found its way to
the first floor ceiling. We discovered this accident after seeing that
water is coming through the chandelier hole on the first floor which
is directly below the bathroom on the second floor.
Things I've done so far: I removed the chandelier from the first floor
to let the water out. I deployed two fans - one on second floor to dry
out the carpet (an area of 1'x1' of the corridor adjacent to the
bathroom got saturated) and another one to dry out the ceiling on the
first floor. This morning I inspected the ceiling on the first floor.
I can see a few small wet areas mainly around the chandelier outlet
but no other serious damage at this point. I open up all windows on
the first and second floor and switched on the ceiling fans. Our house
was built in 2000.
What possible interior and exterior damage should I expect and what
should I do from here on besides sending the magician to Hogwarts?
You may be very lucky. Since you caught it quickly and took steps to clean
up and dry it, there may be no permanent damage. If you have stains on the
drywall, paint it with a product like Kilz, then paint as usual.
I'm sure you are not happy about the damage, but you are fortunate to have a
spirited and imaginative 3 yo.
If possible get a strong wet vac and get all the water that you can out
of the carpet. Sooner the better, so it doesn't get musty or soak into
subfloor any more than it has.
Keep the magician away from the fans and the wet areas. Have the
magician explain again what he was doing and make a video. Someday, it
will be hysterically funny :o)
You may develop some buckling or warping of the bathroom sub floor which
could lead to finished floor damage if water is trapped between the sub and
finished floor. You didn't mention what flooring is in the bath.
Thank you for all replies. The bath floor is tile. How long it will
take for warping or any other side effects to come up? Also, I went to
Home Depot and bought Greep (I hope I got the name right) for painting
the spots on the ceiling that the HD sales rep recommended. He told me
that I don't need anything else to fight mildew (if develops). Is that
good enough? How long should I wait before painting? It looks that
it's all dried out now (carpet and ceiling).
First, you should hire someone which will take on the responsibility to
keep an eye on your child. Obviously, you do not have parenting skills.
Thank the good lord, the child hadn't been playing with magic matches,
or electric along with the water.
Shame on you.
Hit a nerve, did I? Are you one of those irresponsible people that pop
kids out, and call yourself a parent?
Just a FYI, a child of 3, shouldn't be left unsupervised, long enough to
cause problems. Of course, I wouldn't expect you to understand basic
Consider yourself lucky. I had a waterline break at a commode when we
were out of town. Ran for 3 days and put 10,000 gallons of water into
the house. Water ran out the weepholes in the brick & saturated the
ground for 15' around the house. Had to call the pro's for that one
and it took 2 weeks to get the house dried out and another 2 weeks for
repairs. But all is well now with no apparent problems after a couple
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