I was hesitant to call my insurance company and see what my homeowners covered but in the end I think it was very much the right thing to do. They had a clean up crew here the next day. The crew was really efficient and fast! So fast, I was having a hard time keeping up with what was going on. They quickly set up a “containment zone” which immediately brought ET to mind. This seems to be a universal comment from everyone within a certain age group.
At the end of the day they took me through the work they had done. Under some of the carpet in the family room they uncovered the original linoleum. I actually gasped and said, “Oh my God!” I don’t know why I would have such a genuinely dramatic reaction to this linoleum. Sure, it’s ugly but it just surprised me so much. It also concerned me that such dated linoleum would be in a house that was built in 1978. The bathrooms also have some seriously dated linoleum and I’ve always suspected that the builder was using older linoleum as a cost saver. Maybe it was something from a previous project.
An area of concern for the crew was asbestos. They had to have it tested to see if it was “hot.” If it is hot, a special abatement crew has to come in and remove it.
The question now is, how damaged are the cabinets. Will I lose those too?