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My Water Damage Experience

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I know that many people have suffered much more than I have, losing their homes or many, if not all, of their possessions, but this is what happened at my place.

I have a liquidambar tree, a beautiful deciduous tree, in my front yard.

When we planted it, we had no idea it would grow so big. However, in the 30 or more years since we planted it, it has grown so tall that the Energex people cut the outside branches so they don’t overhang the wires, and some branches have grown over the roof of our two-storey home. We put leaf guard in the guttering so leaves would not block them and prevent the water from going down the drainpipe.


On Sunday 27 February, just before midnight, I heard a tremendous crash, and knew it wasn’t thunder. In our spare bedroom, that I use as a sewing room, part of the ceiling had fallen. The newspaper insulation that was put in years ago had got wet, and therefore heavy, and caused the ceiling to collapse, spilling all the crushed-up newspaper onto the wall, the bed, the floor, my sewing machine and the desk it was sitting on. The leaves and seed pods sitting on top of the leaf guard had prevented the water from getting into the guttering, and it seeped into the ceiling instead. There is also other minor water damage in two other rooms.

The next morning, I discovered that part of our wooden paling fence had sagged onto the neighbour’s shed down the back, and that caused the next few metres of the fence to fall onto the ground.

It will probably be a while before anything is fixed properly, as other people’s requirements are more urgent than mine. The emergency electrical fixer came, tied up the wires inside the roof cavity, disconnected the ceiling light and cut off the part of the ceiling that was hanging down vertically.  

The emergency ceiling repairer also came, put board in the ceiling hole to stop more from falling down, and cleaned up the newspaper insulation. Now that I could walk into the room, I could see that the curtain, mattress, pillow and bedspread will all have to be replaced. but I am sure that I will be at the end of a long queue because other people’s needs are greater.

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Hazel Hillier
Hazel Hillier
Retired school teacher, Logan resident and local historian.
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