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How to approach landlord on previously undiscovered damage from a fire?

On Sunday afternoon (my birthday), there was a fire in the rooming house where I currently live. My room wasn't burned, but this morning I noticed a couple of spots on the hardwood floor where it looked like water had seeped / was beginning to seep down through the walls. A construction worker neighbor of mine confirmed that this is indeed what looks like has happened and now I’d like some advice as to how to go forward. [more inside]
posted by item on Dec 11, 2014 - 6 answers

iPad water damage

After my water bottle spilled in my bag two days ago, my iPad was functioning normally, but had water spots on the screen. So I spared you folks and asked Google what to do. It's been sitting in a bag of rice for almost 24 hours. Now, the screen turns on (via both the power and home buttons) but doesn't respond to touch. And there's rice lodged in the headphone jack. I don't have any warranty or insurance on it. What do I do now?!
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Oct 31, 2014 - 10 answers

Wet electronics

I just gave all of my personal electronics an (accidental) bath. Are they all ruined? [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on May 30, 2014 - 21 answers

Aluminum wiring! Asbestos! Termites! Are they a big deal? What to do?

First-time homebuyers under contract for a 60-year-old house-- how serious/expensive are these problems: aluminum wiring, friable asbestos insulation, termites, undisclosed window leak causing water damage? Along with original plumbing and an old HVAC, is this a pretty standard situation that falls under the umbrella of "all houses are going to have some problems, no house is perfect" and is this the kind of stuff they mean when they say you'll be spending 1%-ish of your home value on this kind of stuff every year? Or are these costs and issues on the high side, and this is probably on top of another 1%-ish every year on other repairs and maintenance? Help us put this in perspective! (We need to decide whether to give the sellers' relocation company the right to cancel our contract by requesting repairs. And we need to figure out what we should fix and how much it'll cost if we go ahead and buy the house without repairs.) [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Mar 20, 2014 - 30 answers

Roofing repair... In February... In New England...

I was up in the attic the other day, putting away some stuff, and I noticed a delightfully large amount of mold going down either side of on section of the roof. Joy. The question now is exactly what to do, with a roof that obviously needs repair, in February, in New England. [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Feb 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Can I ever get the water marks off of my screen?

A few days ago, my Nexus 7 wasn't switching on. Taking off the back showed there was water inside it - though I hadn't dropped it in water. Left it to dry and it works again - save two 'water stains' on the screen. Does this mean it's likely to remain functional? And can I remove these water marks? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Dec 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Advice on water damage, flood, cleanup and insurance.

Our finished basement flooded thanks to a backed up sink and the iron filter discharge running. As far as we've been able to discern, our insurance does cover this. We've had a cleanup crew sent out by the insurance company. However, I've got some concerns on how it's being handled, specifically that not enough and not enough of the right work is being done. [more inside]
posted by LANA! on Dec 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Should I keep this "ZTE Reef" Android phone or return it?

I thought my old phone had drowned, so I ordered a waterproof Virgin Mobile "ZTE Reef" phone. Old phone has now sputtered back to life. Should I keep the Reef or return it? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Sep 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Cracks In The Ceiling

Cracks in our concrete condo ceiling are leaking water from the channel to the dryer vent. Can we patch the concrete? [more inside]
posted by fatbird on Aug 29, 2013 - 8 answers

After a flood caused by fire hoses, what can be kept? What can't?

Firefighters put out a fire 2 floors above my apartment this week. Thankfully the fire didn't spread but my apartment suffered some water damage from the fire hoses. The water was smelly and brown, and got on some possessions. What can be cleaned and kept? What should be thrown out? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Aug 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Fixing a water-damaged piece of antique furniture?

Strategies for fixing a water-damaged piece of antique furniture? [more inside]
posted by j.edwards on Oct 3, 2012 - 5 answers

How to deal with water damage caused by insurance-less neighbor?

Friend lives in a Philadelphia row home. His neighbor's house was sealed by the DA. Neighbor broke back in & flooded the basement intentionally. The water also flooded my friend's basement and he is now concerned about potential mold problems. Neighbor does not have insurance. How should he proceed so as to both deal with potential mold & mildew before they become a problem and not cause his own homeowner's insurance to increase.
posted by davidvanb on Sep 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Just how bad is this water damage?

Just how bad is this water damage a roofing contractor caused to my house? And what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by BlueJae on Sep 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Renters' Rights After Burst Water Heater in Apt Across the Hall

About three weeks ago, we moved into a fantastic new apartment; we are renting. Last Friday, the water heater in the apartment across the hall burst causing extensive damage to our apartment. What are our rights with respect to rent and reasonable expectations regarding quality of life following this incident? Extended explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by JuniorBCat on May 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Wet signature

I have a beautiful old book of poetry by Yeats but, at some point in its past, the binding has been badly water damaged. A few years ago, to my great excitement, I noticed that it was signed by Yeats. I am not intending to sell the book, but I want to look after it. What should I do? Will getting the book properly restored reduce its value?
posted by BadMiker on Apr 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Choosing a mold remediation contractor

What questions should we ask while taking estimates from mold remediation specialists? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Mar 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Fire, Smoke and Water in my apartment

Crappy New Year! What to salvage when returning to an apartment that has post-fire water damage? Give me some tips! [more inside]
posted by stray on Dec 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Property Water Damage, Recovering Repair Expenses and Legal Fees

What strategies do I have to keep legal fees down and reclaim expenses from a neighbor's negligence in producing some water damage to my home? A lawyer has been contacted, but I am surprised at the information related. [more inside]
posted by adipocere on Jun 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Help my waterlogged iPod

Yet another iPhone/iPod Touch in water question. But wait, this one is different! [more inside]
posted by rossination on May 16, 2010 - 7 answers

New house has old damage

We just closed on our house 3 days ago but just found some old water damaged walls. What options do we have? [more inside]
posted by covert7 on May 3, 2010 - 18 answers

How to treat a basement sewage backup?

What treatments, if any, are available to a homeowner whose basement has been flooded with sewage? [more inside]
posted by Clambone on Nov 17, 2009 - 10 answers

How can there be water damage if there was NO WATER??

Wireless provider says my phone has water damage--it never touched water/liquid. What to do next? [more inside]
posted by moojoose on Aug 13, 2009 - 9 answers

Fixing a hole where the rain gets in...

Do you think my boyfriend and I are liable for water damage to our downstairs neighbors ceiling caused by our air conditioner ? [more inside]
posted by eunoia on Aug 4, 2009 - 23 answers

Phone should probably not resemble hypercolor.

Can my phone's water-damaged screen be saved? [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Mar 2, 2009 - 3 answers

My building's bed-wetting problem

I returned home from a week-long vacation to discover a hole in the ceiling of my apartment and water dripping onto my futon. Should I ask my landlord to pay to replace my damaged furniture? Or, since I don’t have renter’s insurance, am I just out of luck? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jan 2, 2009 - 12 answers

How is my kitchen like the Internet?

Should I be getting a break on my rent because my kitchen pipes are clogged? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Oct 10, 2008 - 6 answers

How long to wait after waterdamaged PS3?

How long should my friend wait before turning the PS3 on? [more inside]
posted by DonSlice on Sep 22, 2008 - 11 answers

Water, Mould, and a Ceiling on the Floor!

My bathroom ceiling fell down today, only to reveal a huge water leak and an even nastier mould farm. Help! [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Sep 11, 2008 - 11 answers

Will having "water damage" on our homeowners insurance record mean they drop us next time we make a claim?

Will having "water damage" on our homeowners insurance record mean they drop us next time we make a claim? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Aug 10, 2008 - 7 answers

Important book damaged, how can I fix?

A book that is very personal and valuable to me got damaged due to a leak in a car which allowed rainwater in. The book cover acted like a sponge dragging up the water as well as dirt from the upholstery. I've talked to two book repair places, but I have my reservations. Any suggestions? Even more desired: anyone have EXPERIENCE with book repair shops? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Jul 15, 2008 - 7 answers

went for a swim

So apparently my ceiling leaks, and consequently my MacBook has been sitting in a small puddle all day. [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Feb 8, 2008 - 8 answers

What are my rights as a renter when it comes to water damage?

I'm renting a home that recently had an indoor water leak. We tired to get it all, but now water is coming up through the floors. Are we at risk for mold? [more inside]
posted by TheDude on Nov 6, 2007 - 6 answers

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering...

Its midnight on Friday. My roof is leaking. Its supposed to rain all weekend. My house is 3 1/2 stories and the leaky part of the (gabled, Queen Anne-style) roof is not easily or safely accessible to without special equipment that I don't have. Assuming that I'm not going to be able to get anyone to fix this before Monday at the earliest, is there anything I can do to to at least mitigate the damage? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Oct 19, 2007 - 7 answers

Wet couch needs help!

Is there any hope for a couch that sat in the rain overnight? [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 on Oct 1, 2007 - 8 answers

Welcome to hell, here's your accordion.

Moldyinstrumentfilter: How can I save an accordion from near-certain death? [more inside]
posted by otolith on Aug 27, 2007 - 5 answers

Please Help Me Dry Out A Cellphone

My husband's work-issued cellphone just went through the washing machine. He is required to be reachable by cellphone 24 hours a day. Can we dry it out ourselves and make it work? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by amyms on Aug 8, 2007 - 32 answers

Is this mold? If so, can I get out of this lease?

Is this mold? I just leased an apartment and then found standing water, a leak, and what looks like a lot of mold. I want out. Property manager obviously doesn't want to let me out without lots of money. [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz on Jun 21, 2007 - 21 answers

Flooding, what to do?

My apartment had some minor flooding last night. Is it unreasonable to ask for a month of free rent? Or, have I lost my security deposit? [more inside]
posted by nasreddin on Jan 26, 2007 - 17 answers

Did my underwater keyboard submerge my PC?

Did my keyboard try to kill my computer? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Nov 22, 2006 - 11 answers

OK to put a rubber surface directly on top of an unsealed wood floor?

Our kitchen floor is wood that was last painted at least 12 years ago. Gradually, with years of hard use, the paint has flaked off in patches, exposing the bare, splintery wood underneath, which is warped and uneven (old building). Can I cover the floor with click-together non-adhesive rubber tiles without having to seal/finish the floor first? [more inside]
posted by GrammarMoses on Jun 17, 2005 - 7 answers

Wet tablet keyboard fix?

Lovely vase of spring daffodils, inquisitive feline. Spilled water splashes lovely Toshiba Portege 3500 tablet PC. [more inside]
posted by erebora on Apr 24, 2005 - 4 answers

What's growing out of my wall?

A couple of days ago, I noticed something very odd in my bathroom - something seemed to be growing out of the wall. It looks kind of like a plant sprout than anything else I can think of, but it doesn't really behave like one - for one, it shriveled up after about two days. [more inside]
posted by DoomGerbil on Feb 27, 2005 - 6 answers

I washed my batteries!

Clean energy filter! I just ran a pair of rechargeable AA batteries through the wash. On the top ends, there is a black plastic or paper ring or collar that is under the plastic label and which appears to tuck beneath the edge of the nubby positive metal pole. Compared to an unwashed pair, this black material is warped, probably swollen from water. The washed batteries do not perceptibly weigh more than a never-washed pair.

Should I toss 'em or risk the Chernobyl-like consequences that may result from using them? Are they toast?
posted by mwhybark on Jan 11, 2005 - 8 answers

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