Collapsing and falling apart: The saga continues


Earlier this month I posted about our back room that is sinking/on the verge of collapse. And the mold in the crawl space under the house. And a broken floor joist. And the need for new gutters and downspouts. Well it got worse.



The men who came to remove the mold under the house actually had to stop working because they found heating and air conditioning ducts on the ground in the crawlspace because the duct board had crumbled. (I don’t even know if I’m describing this properly.) They called a heating and air conditioning company, and I heard them say this was an emergency situation, as mold was coming up the return vents and getting into the house. The HVAC man came right away and fixed the immediate problem but said we would need to have all of the duct board replaced as soon as possible because it all was moldy and crumbling.

So the mold men went back to work, removing the insulation, treating the mold, treating the underside of the house and putting down a new vapor barrier. They even replaced the broken floor joist and repaired a leaky water pipe! Yay! After new insulation was installed, the heating and air company came back out and replaced all of the duct board with metal.

So all of the work under the house is done (and it didn’t come cheap). And it all was work we had no idea needed to be done. The collapsing room will be raised and shored up next week, and then we can get on with the additional projects: gutters and downspouts, repair of the back deck, and new front steps.

The interesting thing about all of this is that if I had not chosen the company that I ultimately hired to deal with the back room, we never would have known about the other issues. It was all rather serendipitous…



  • I got several estimates on the back room, and the representative of the company I hired asked if he could go into the crawl space to see if the entire house was constructed as badly as that one room. LOL He was the one who discovered the mold and called the mold removal company for me.
  • The owner of the mold removal company discovered the broken floor joist.
  • The mold removal employees found the problem with the heating and air conditioning duct work and called the heating and air company.
  • And in the process of getting estimates I became acquainted with a father and son handyman team who can repair the back deck and build new front stairs.

And I’m feeling much better about things now.


18 Comments Add yours

  1. I was wondering how you were coming along with your issues! I am so glad that the workers were responsible enough to alert you to the other problems, instead of just thinking, “We weren’t paid to deal with that!” And also, that you got the problems fixed quickly instead of having everything drag on!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, all of this has worked out very well so far. I can only imagine what might have happened had the various workers not alerted me to the other problems.

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  2. simplywendi says:

    I am so thankful that God is watching over this entire process…….prayers answered! I can’t imagine the pressure that you were experiencing as all of this was taking place………I am sure you felt like crawling under the covers and crying (ok, maybe this is just me) so, congratulations for keeping it together!

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    1. Actually, I feel like crawling under the covers and crying almost every day! LOL But I try to pull myself together and carry on. I have fibromyalgia and arthritis plus a ligament problem in my right leg, and all of these have flared during this time. I even had a flare of Achenbach syndrome (where one finger will spontaneously hemorrhage internally and turn black and blue) which hasn’t happened in years. But yes, prayers have been and are continuing to be answered. Thank you for your prayers and comments!

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      1. simplywendi says:

        Oh my goodness, I am so very sorry you are going through so much crap! I know when it is all said and done and your house is back in order, you are going to wonder how in the heck you did it all. Please take care of yourself and get some restful sleep.
        It is truly my pleasure to pray for you.

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      2. I really appreciate your prayers! And your kind words! Thank you.

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      3. simplywendi says:

        truly my pleasure….

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  3. Maureen Helen says:

    You have made such a happy story from what many would have thought of as a total disaster. Thank you for sharing your example of personal resilience. Your illustrations made me laugh. And finally, your description of serendipity, a word I also used in my blog today.

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    1. Thank you! I have to laugh to keep from getting too upset. And I do believe in the power of serendipity, even if its home repair serendipity!

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  4. jjaywmac says:

    Hi, Debby, we could both use chocolate! Y0u are literally falling a part! I am emotionally and spiritually falling apart! Serendipity and synchronistically are getting me up in the mornings. I am overcome with anxiety for some reason. It should have overcome me a lot earlier. But.. better late than EVER!. But, seriously, that sounds unhealthy as everything. How glad I am you OR YOUR “ACCIDENTAL WORKER” found it before it got worse. I wish for you and Bob a wonderful spring! You deserve it. Go take a photograph of something beautiful. Sending love from wherever i am. YIKES!!

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    1. I was so hoping that you would feel a great sense of relief and peace after you made this move. I’m so sorry that you are suffering from so much anxiety and the feeling that you are falling apart. It’s a brave thing you’ve done, and it will take time before you build a support system there, but I know you will. You are strong and resourceful! Be patient with yourself. I wish I could do something for you, but I do send my love!

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  5. jjaywmac says:

    *synchronicity”

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  6. Lucy Bartlett says:

    Glad you are getting everything fixed. Even though the price is high, your health is more important. Take care.. Lucy

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    1. Thanks, Lucy! You’re right, our health is more important than the cost.

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  7. de Wets Wild says:

    Glad to read that the right people came across your way just when they were most needed, Deb, and that things are looking on the up!

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    1. Thank you, Dries. Tomorrow the work continues. One thing at a time!

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  8. jjaywmac says:

    Thank you, Debby. I feel better today. YOu are right, it all requires time. Also for you. Sending much love, Janet

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